Justin Bour is done with the Hanshin Tigers, the Daily Sports reported Friday morning, a day after he was dropped from the active roster following pregame practice. The Nikkan Sports later spoke to manager Akihiro Yano, who said Bour’s deactivation was due to the import-player roster limit.
The front office met with the owner on Wednesday. Bour was scheduled to work out with the farm team from Saturday with no plans to reactivate him. Some players come to Japan with a no-cut clause, allowing them to refuse an assignment to the farm.
The team has busily been informing older players that they won’t be back for 2021, starting with 43-year-old outfielder Kosuke Fukudome and 41-year-old former ace Atsushi Nomi.
In 99 games, Bour is slugging .422 with a .338 on-base percentage.
Last year, the Tigers signed Yangervis Solarte in the summer, promoted him to the first team after a couple of days with the minor league club. He brought an instant dynamic presence to the team but had difficulty adjusting and things blew up. When Solarte was deactivated, he quit the team rather than report to the minors.