The Pacific League-leading Orix Buffaloes have deactivated first baseman Takahiro Okada due to a minor right hamstring injury, presumably suffered after he was hit by a pitch in Saturday’s game against the Seibu Lions, Nikkan Sports reported Monday.
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New import Rangel Ravelo, who might have taken Okada’s place, was hit on the left wrist in a Western League game against the Chunichi Dragons and was diagnosed with a distal fracture of the left ulna.
The Buffaloes, chasing the franchise’s first pennant since Ichiro Suzuki won his third straight MVP award with the Kobe-based Orix BlueWave in 1996. They ended the weekend three games ahead of the Rakuten Eagles and four ahead of the Lotte Marines. The SoftBank Hawks are a half-game further back in fourth.
Tuesday’s starting pitchers
Fighters vs Marines: Sapporo Dome 6:30 pm, 5:30 am EDT
Eagles vs Buffaloes: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Lions vs Hawks: MetLife Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT
Giants vs Carp: Tokyo Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT
Swallows vs Dragons: Kusanagi Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Tigers vs BayStars: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Active roster moves 8/23/2021
Deactivated players can be re-activated from 9/2