Tomoya Yagi will be attempting to revive his career when the 2013 NPB season begins. So will Shun Tono, Takahiro Mahara, and Kei Igawa. Just like Hayato Terahara and Hiroshi Kisanuki before them.

Either by design or coincidence, the Orix Buffaloes' pitching staff has become a halfway house for wayward hurlers.

Pitching coach Takashi Nishimoto will be the point-man for new manager Hiroshi Moriwaki as Orix attempts to get its quartet back on track in what the team hopes will be a mutually beneficial arrangement.