(9/29/2009) The Indians will need a starter for Sunday's season finale at Boston. Indians manager Eric Wedge is currently leaning towards using Tomo Ohka.
Ohka pitches well in loss
(7/18/2009) Indians SP Tomo Ohka (0-4) allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings Saturday as he took the loss in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Mariners. Ohka struck out two and walked three.
Indians get post-break rotation ready
(7/14/2009) The Indians have set their post-break rotation, with SP Cliff Lee to start Thursday vs. Seattle. Lee will now get two starts in the following period, Fantasy Week 16 (July 20-26). In Fantasy Week 15 (July 16-19), Lee will be followed by SP Tomo Ohka, who will make his last start before likely moving back to the bullpen. After Ohka, the rotation will be David Huff, Aaron Laffey, Lee, Carl Pavano, Huff, Laffey and an undecided No. 5 starter.
Ohka can't get on winning track
(7/12/2009) Cleveland hurler Tomo Ohka, who was the spot starter on for the Indians against the Tigers, did not fare very well in his outing Sunday. Ohka lasted just two outs into the fourth inning as he gave up five runs on five hits. He threw only 55 pitches before being removed but simply couldnt keep the ball in the ballpark as the Tigers belted two homers off him, both coming before he left in the fourth. He walked one and struck out two as his record falls to 0-3 on the year. His ERA sits at 6.40.
Ohka scheduled to start Sunday
(7/9/2009) The Indians activated reliever Rafael Betancourt (groin) from the 15-day DL on Thursday, sending Jeremy Sowers to the minor leagues. That could signal a return of Fausto Carmona to the major leagues after the All-Star break. Long reliever Tomo Ohka is currently scheduled to start Sunday for the Indians, according to their game notes Thursday.
Ohka takes loss to the Reds
(6/28/2009) Indians starter Tomo Ohka (0-2) needed 27 pitches to record an out in the second inning in a 7-3 loss to the Reds. By then, Cincinnati had a 4-0 lead on Bruce's solo homer, RBI doubles by Chris Dickerson and Jerry Hairston and a groundout by Joey Votto. Ohka lasted only four innings, allowing six earned runs on four walks without a strikeout.
Ohka goes six in latest start
(6/20/2009) Indians starter Tomo Ohka went six innings in a no-decision Saturday afternoon at the Cubs. He allowed four earned runs off seven hits and three walks. He struck out four batters.
Ohka's future still up in the air
(6/15/2009) The Akron Beacon-Journal reports that Indians manager Eric Wedge hasnt decided what role SP Toma Ohka will play in the next couple of weeks. We havent really discussed it yet, he said. But he obviously did a great job yesterday.
Ohka's best start is loss
(6/13/2009) Cleveland SP Tomo Ohka probably pitched his best game of the season on Saturday and dropped his first decision to the Cardinals anyway. Ohka (0-1) allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven strong innings in defeat. He walked none and struck out two. He was hurt by two home runs hit against him. His ERA is 4.24.
Ohka likely Indians' new No. 5
(6/8/2009) From The Sports Xchange: Indians manager Eric Wedge said Ohka would take the place of slumping Fausto Carmona, who was demoted to the Arizona Rookie League, but Ohka's turn in the rotation was skipped last weekend, and the Indians haven't officially listed him as the probable starter the next time that spot in the rotation comes up, which would be Thursday, vs. Kansas City.
Ohka called up by Indians
(5/28/2009) The Indians purchased the contract of pitcher Tomo Ohka Thursday, transferring Anthony Reyes to the 60-day DL.
Indians rotation up in the air
(5/26/2009) The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports that the Indians have a decision to make about who will start for them on Wednesday and Thursday against the Rays. Anthony Reyes and David Huff were the original starters, but Reyes is likely out for the season and Huff has a 17.55 ERA. Triple-A starters Zach Jackson, Kirk Saarloos, Tomo Ohka and Jack Cassel could be candidates for a spot start.
Ohka out of the running for Indians
(3/15/2009) The Indians sent SP Tomo Ohka to their minor-league camp Sunday, effectively ending his chances of making the major-league roster. Ohka, who will turn 33 on Wednesday, made three spring training appearances. He allowed 14 hits and 10 runs, six of them earned, in 3 2/3 innings.
Ohka cut by White Sox
(3/19/2008) The Chicago Tribune reports that the White Sox made four cuts Wednesday: reliever Andrew Sisco and C Donny Lucy were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, while 1B Brad Eldred and P Tomo Ohka were reassigned to minor league camp.
White Sox cut four more from camp
(3/19/2008) The White Sox optioned left-handed reliever Andrew Sisco and catcher Donny Lucy to Triple-A Charlotte, and reassigned infielder Brad Eldred and veteran right-hander Tomo Ohka to their minor-league camp Wednesday. The moves leave Chicago with 32 players in camp -- 14 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and six outfielders. Sisco was 0-1 with an 8.36 ERA in 19 appearances while splitting time between the White Sox and Charlotte, and Lucy appeared in eight games over the final month of last season and collected three hits in 15 at-bats. Ohka went 2-5 with a 5.79 ERA in 10 starts with Toronto last season. Eldred batted .109, going 5-for-46, in 19 games for Pittsburgh last year.
Ohka signs with White Sox
(2/21/2008) The Chicago Tribune reports that the White Sox have signed Tomo Ohka and added him to the spring training roster Thursday.
Ohka signs minor-league deal
(7/14/2007) The Mariners signed RHP Tomo Ohka to a minor-league contract. He had started the season with Blue Jays but was released after going 2-5 with a 5.79 ERA in 10 starts.
Cards say goodbye to Ohka
(7/4/2007) The Cardinals released SP Tomo Ohka, signed to a Triple-A contract on June 19, on Wednesday. Ohka was 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA in three starts at Triple-A Memphis.
Cards ink Ohka to Triple-A deal
(6/19/2007) The St. Louis Cardinals signed Tomo Ohka, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays, to a minor-league contract on Tuesday. "I think it's a smart move to get him into our organization and see what he's got," manager Tony La Russa said. "But there's no guarantees, it depends on how he pitches."
Blue Jays outright release Ohka
(6/18/2007) The Blue Jays ended their experiment with pitcher Tomo Ohka on Monday, giving the right-hander his unconditional release. Toronto designated Ohka for assignment June 7 and moved Josh Towers back into the starting rotation to replace him. The Blue Jays then had 10 days to trade Ohka, send him to the minors or release him outright.
Ohka cut by Blue Jays
(6/7/2007) The Toronto Blue Jays inserted right-hander Josh Towers into the starting rotation on Thursday and designated righty Tomo Ohka for assignment. "It wasn't working out so we'll make an adjustment," manager John Gibbons said. The move frees up a roster spot for catcher Gregg Zaun, who is scheduled to join the team in Los Angeles on Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Dodgers.
Ohka gets the early hook
(6/6/2007) Blue Jays SP Tomo Ohka did not make it past the fourth inning during Wednesday's loss to the Devil Rays. He allowed 10 hits, one walk and five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He left the game with the bases loaded and was charged with three runs when Carl Crawford doubled into the right field corner off of Brian Tallett to unload the bases. Ohka has three losses in his last five starts.
Ohka to work on Wednesday
(6/4/2007) RHP A.J. Burnett will get an extra day of rest before his next start because he has thrown more than 100 pitches in each of his past five starts. RHP Tomo Ohka will start in Burnett's place against Tampa Bay on Wednesday and Burnett will start the series finale Thursday afternoon.
(6/1/2007) With an off day scheduled for Monday, Toronto will use a four-man rotation until June 9 when RHP Tomo Ohka will start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ohka waiting on Litsch's start
(5/29/2007) With RHP Roy Halladay set to return to the rotation Thursday, the Jays have yet to announce which pitcher will be bumped from the rotation. Rookie RHP Jesse Litsch is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Because of an off-day June 4, the Jays won't need a fifth starter again until June 8 versus the Dodgers. If Litsch has a positive outing Wednesday, he'll remain in the rotation. If not, the thinking is he'll be replaced by RHP Tomo Ohka.
Ohka makes bid to stay as SP
(5/26/2007) Blue Jays SP Tomo Ohka made his bid to stay in Toronto's rotation with ace Roy Halladay due to return on Thursday, allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out two in seven innings during Saturday's no-decision against the Twins. Ohka walked the first batter in the eighth and left a four-run lead for Casey Janssen, who was greeted by Michael Cuddyer's solo homer. RP Jeremy Accardo blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning and cost Ohka the win. Ohka has not won in his last four starts and last picked up a win on April 29.
Who gets booted from Jays rotation?
(5/26/2007) Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay will return to the rotation next week and come off the disabled list earlier than originally expected. Manager John Gibbons said before Saturday's game at Minnesota that Halladay will start at home on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox, one day less than three weeks since he had his appendix removed. The procedure was initially supposed to keep him off the mound for at least one month.
Ohka to start on Saturday
(5/22/2007) RHP Tomo Ohka will return to the Blue Jays' rotation Saturday night in Minneapolis. He'd rather face the Minnesota Twins at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome than go against the Baltimore Orioles at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, as he did Monday.
Ohka top choice for May 26 start
(5/19/2007) According to MLB.com, Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said that "unless something changes," SP Tomo Ohka will be on the mound to start May 26 against the Twins.
Ohka makes move to bullpen
(5/16/2007) Rookie Jesse Litsch earned a neat reward for his sparkling debut -- he'll stay in Toronto's rotation for now. Litsch won his major league debut Tuesday night, giving up one run and four hits over 8 2/3 innings to beat Baltimore. He'll pitch again Sunday in Philadelphia. "He stayed in his delivery, threw strikes, fielded his position well," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "There wasn't much not to like. He's going to get another start, probably more than one more start. We'll ride him."
Ohka mediocre vs. Orioles
(5/15/2007) Tomo Ohka gave up three runs and five hits over five innings in Monday's game against the Orioles. He walked two and struck out one, but did not figure into the decision.
Ohka can't beat Dice-K
(5/10/2007) The matchup between Daisuke Matsuzaka and Toronto's Tomo Ohka Wednesday was just the fourth time in major league history that two Japanese starters have faced off. The last time it happened was June 19, 2002, when Ohka, then with Montreal, beat Kansas City's Mac Suzuki.
Ohka touched up for six runs
(5/4/2007) Blue Jays SP Tomo Ohka pitched 7 1/3 innings Friday against the Rangers, but allowed 10 hits, one walk and seven runs (six earned) while taking the loss. He struck out just one and is now 2-3 with a 5.50 ERA. The six earned runs were the most he allowed all season.
Ohka earns second straight win
(4/29/2007) Tomo Ohka pitched seven innings to win his second straight start as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 Sunday. Ohka (2-2) gave up three singles in the first two innings but didn't allow another hit until Jerry Hairston's one-out double in the seventh. Ohka gave up one run and five hits, walked three and struck out two.
Blue Jays tweak rotation
(4/25/2007) The game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees scheduled for Wednesday night was rained out. With a steady rain falling on the field, the game was called about an hour before it was supposed to start. No makeup date was immediately announced. Phil Hughes, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, will make his major league debut Thursday night against Toronto. Hughes will be opposed by right-hander A.J. Burnett, who was pushed back a day by the Blue Jays. Josh Towers will pitch Friday against the Texas Rangers.
Tomo Ohka earns first win
(4/24/2007) Ohka (1-2) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in five-plus innings to win in a rematch with Tim Wakefield of Boston's 4-1 victory at Toronto last Wednesday. It was his first win in eight starts since Aug. 24, 2006 at Colorado.
Ohka remains winless Wednesday
(4/18/2007) Blue Jays SP Tomo Ohka dropped his record to 0-2 after dropping a 4-1 loss to the Red Sox Wednesday. Ohka pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, four runs, three homers and one walk. He also had three strikeouts.
Ohka yields five runs to Tigers
(4/12/2007) Blue Jays SP Tomo Ohka went six innings, allowing eight hits, five runs (four earned) and one walk Thursday against the Tigers. He also had two strikeouts. He is now 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA after two starts.
T. Ohka coughs up big lead
(4/8/2007) The Blue Jays staked right-hander Tomo Ohka to an early 7-1 lead Saturday at Tampa Bay that he was unable to convert into a victory. Ohka gave up a first-pitch, leadoff homer to Carl Crawford in the first inning, then held the Devil Rays in check until Delmon Young singled for Tampa Bay's second hit with one out in the fourth. From there, things deteriorated quickly for the Blue Jays starter. Akinori Iwamura walked and one batter later Brendan Harris hit a three-run homer that trimmed Tampa Bay's deficit to 7-4. Ohka made matters worse when he walked B.J. Upton, gave up a double to Crawford and allowed the fourth run of the inning to score on a wild pitch.
Rainout reshuffles Jays rotation
(4/5/2007) The Toronto Blue Jays-Detroit Tigers game scheduled for Thursday afternoon was postponed because of cold weather. The game will be made up Sept. 10 at 7:05 p.m. The Blue Jays rotation will now go with Gustavo Chacin, Tomo Ohka and Roy Halladay over the weeked. Josh Towers and A.J. Burnett will start the first two games next week and be two-start pitchers.
Ohka pitches to Triple-A players
(3/30/2007) Blue Jays SP Tomo Ohka allowed six runs, nine hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings for Triple-A Syracuse. He struck out two.
Ohka named Blue Jays No. 4 SP
(3/29/2007) Tomo Okha has been chosen as the Blue Jays' fourth starter, and the competition for the fifth spot could go down to the last day. "I think that Ohka has earned the spot in the rotation and I'm not worried about that at this point," said GM J.P. Ricciardi, "Just keep him healthy now." The final spot will go to either Victor Zambrano, who had his second Tommy John surgery last May while with the Mets, or Josh Towers.
Ohka set for final spring start
(3/26/2007) Blue Jays RHP Roy Halladay will pitch in a minor-league game Tuesday instead of facing Tampa Bay in a spring game. A.J. Burnett (Thursday) and Tomo Ohka (Friday) will also make their final Florida starts in minor-league games.
Ohka ups chances of making rotation
(3/25/2007) Tomo Ohka allowed one run over five innings Sunday, improving his chances of winning the fourth spot in Toronto's rotation with a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. "He's been pitching good all spring," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. Ohka lowered his ERA to 2.84, giving up six hits and striking out four. He'll make one more start this spring. "I don't know if it clinches a spot," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "It doesn't hurt him. He's right in the mix, and I am not going to commit right now. But he's right in line."
Ohka goes five innings Monday
(3/19/2007) Blue Jays starter Tomo Ohka allowed one run and three hits in five innings against the Yankees Monday. "He pitched very, very good (Monday)," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We know he can pitch."
Ohka nets seven ground outs
(3/14/2007) Toronto SP Tomo Ohka allowed two hits in four innings, getting seven outs on grounders druing Wednesday's spring game against the Indians. "I'm getting stronger but I need more strength," Ohka said. He now has seven scoreless innings between his last two outings, but both came in split-squad games.
Ohka throws three scoreless
(3/8/2007) Tomo Ohka allowed only one hit in three scoreless innings against Boston in a split-squad spring training game Thursday.
Ohka shaky in first Blue Jays start
(3/3/2007) Blue Jays SP Tomo Ohka gave up four runs and five hits in two innings of relief Saturday against the Devil Rays. He also walked one batter. "That first inning he was missing out over the plate a little bit on a couple of pitches and they were able to get good wood on them," Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun said. "He settled down the next inning and started to hit his spots."
(2/22/2007) Tomo Ohka arrived at the Toronto Blue Jays' training camp on Wednesday, five days after the voluntary reporting date, due to visa problems. Ohka agreed last month to a $1.5 million, one-year contract after going 4-5 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers last year. "I'm a bit sleepy. Right now it's 2 a.m. in Japan. The trip was 15 hours," Ohka said.
Ohka deals with visa problems
(2/21/2007) MLB.com notes that Tomo Ohka's return from Japan has been delayed due to visa problems. Ohka is expected to be at Wednesday's workout for pitchers and catchers.
Ohka reunites with pitching coach
(1/28/2007) Even with the addition of Tomo Ohka, GM J.P. Ricciardi said he will continue to be on the lookout for additional pitching. "We'll have to see what's out there," he said. "We'll look at things that are within our budget, things that can help us in little ways." Ohka, although, might have an edge for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. Ohka and Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg aren't strangers. Both were together with the Montreal Expos in 2001. "We followed him at the end of last season, and we like him a lot," Arnsberg said. "He's a command guy, and he's much more effective when he hits his spots and is pitching down. He's very athletic and a hard worker."
Jays, Ohka agree on deal
(1/25/2007) The Blue Jays finalized a $1.5 million contract with pitcher Tomo Ohka on Thursday after he passed a physical. Ohka could earn an additional $1.5 million in performances bonuses. A right-hander who turns 31 in March, Ohka went 4-5 with a 4.85 ERA in 18 starts with Milwaukee last season. He missed more than two months due to a partial tear of his right rotator cuff and didn't pitch in late September because of a right strained hamstring.
Blue Jays add Ohka to rotation
(1/24/2007) Right-hander Tomo Ohka and the Blue Jays reached a preliminary agreement Tuesday on a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said the deal was pending a physical. Ohka, who turns 31 in March, went 4-5 with a 4.85 ERA in 18 starts with Milwaukee last season. He missed more than two months due to a partial tear of his right rotator cuff and didn't pitch in late September because of a right strained hamstring. "He'll be available to come back on the market next year after one healthy year pitching for a good team with a good offense," agent Jim Masteralexis said. "Of all the teams that recruited Ohka, with the exception of the Mets, we felt Toronto was the most competitive."
Ohka among FA pitchers to file
(10/30/2006) The following pitchers have filed for free agency through Sunday: Tony Armas, Joe Borowski, Roger Clemens, Octavio Dotel, Adam Eaton, Alan Embree, Shawn Estes, Jesse Foppert, Aaron Fultz, Matt Herges, Orlando Hernandez, Jason Johnson, Ray King, Brian Lawrence, Ted Lilly, Steve Kline, Gil Meche, Tom Martin, Brian Moehler, Tomo Ohka, Russ Ortiz, David Riske, J.C. Romero, Rudy Seanez, Jason Schmidt, Justin Speier, Mike Stanton, Steve Trachsel, David Weathers, Rick White, Randy Wolf and Kerry Wood.
Ohka out for the season
(9/17/2006) MGR Ned Yost said pitcher Tomo Ohka most likely will not pitch the rest of the season. Ohka was injured Friday night while running out a base hit in the 5-2 win against Washington. RHP Carlos Villanueva, who got the win in relief Friday, will join the starting rotation and should get three starts in the last two weeks of the season. "He has a lot of a poise for a 22-year-old," Yost said of Villanueva, who got his first big league win Friday with six innings of work out of the bullpen.
Ohka could be done for season
(9/15/2006) Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tomo Ohka could be done for the season after leaving his start Friday night against the Washington Nationals because of a strained right hamstring.
Brewers' Ohka leaves early
(9/15/2006) Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tomo Ohka left his start Friday night against the Washington Nationals after straining his left hamstring while running out an infield single in the third inning. Ohka was removed for a pinch-runner. He left after pitching two innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk.
Brewers' Ohka leaves early
(9/15/2006) Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tomo Ohka left his start Friday night against the Washington Nationals after hurting himself running out an infield single in the third inning. Ohka was removed for a pinch-runner. It wasn't immediately clear what the injury was. He left after pitching two innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk.
Ohka makes early exit
(9/9/2006) It didn't take the Houston Astros very long to chase Brewers SP Tomo Ohka from the game Saturday. Ohka lasted just two innings while giving up six earned runs, three hits, walking five and striking out two. Ohka has just one victory in his last nine starts and dropped to 1-4 in eight career starts against Houston.
Tomo Ohka takes loss
(9/3/2006) Brewers starter Tomo Ohka (4-4) gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings in a loss on Sunday against Florida.
Tomo Ohka works 6 2/3 innings
(8/30/2006) Ohka allowed five hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday's start at Houston, but he did not figure into the decision.
Ohka good with bat, not arm
(8/24/2006) Tomo Ohka told Ned Yost he was planning to hit left-handed for the first time. "I thought, `Man, as bad as your swinging, just do whatever you want,"' the Milwaukee manager said. "Four RBI later, he had a nice day." Ohka drove in a career-high four runs as Milwaukee beat Colorado 12-6 Thursday and extended the Rockies' losing streak to six. "It's just one game," Ohka said. "But I'm going to keep doing that." Ohka (4-3), a right-handed pitcher, drove in runs in his three plate appearances. After swinging for the fences on the first pitch of his first at-bat and doing a pirouette, he hit the mitt of catcher Danny Ardoin on his next swing, and Geoff Jenkins scored on the catcher's interference. "I was so glad he hit the catcher's glove his first time up," Yost said. "I was just hoping that he wouldn't hit the ball because I figured he'd hit into a double play, so I was just actually just hoping he would strike out there." Ohka, who has been tinkering with swinging left-handed in batting practice, had a two-run single in the third, a slow roller on an 0-2 count that got past shortstop Clint Barmes and put the Brewers ahead 7-0. Ohka added an RBI single to center in the fifth for an 8-3 lead. Hitting right-handed, Ohka is a .130 batter in his career (30-for-230) with 11 RBI. He raised his batting average on the season from .087 to .160. "I just tried to hit it up the middle," Ohka said. Rockies manager Clint Hurdle praised Ohka's effort to make himself more comfortable at the plate. "Give him a little credit," Hurdle said. "He's doing it for a reason: He thinks he's better."
No-decision for Tomo Ohka
(8/19/2006) Milwaukee starter Tomo Ohka gave up two runs in the second but settled down after that, holding the Astros to one hit before being lifted for pinch-hitter Geoff Jenkins with one out in the seventh in a no-decision on Friday against Houston. Ohka, who missed 2½ months with a torn rotator cuff and was reinstated from the DL on July 18, allowed one earned run and four hits with a walk to lower his ERA from 5.45 to 4.73.
Ohka struggling through August
(8/14/2006) Tomo Ohka has allowed 15 earned runs in 15 innings in three starts in August.
Ohka doesn't get a decision
(8/13/2006) Tomo Ohka gave up five hits and three runs in five innings Sunday at Atlanta. He walked three and struck out one, but did not factor in the final decision.
Tomo Ohka takes loss No. 3
(8/9/2006) Tomo Ohka allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings in his third loss on Tuesday against the Cubs.
Tomo Ohka takes loss
(8/3/2006) Tomo Ohka allowed six runs and eight hits, struck out two and walked two in a loss on Wednesday at Colorado.
Tomo Ohka works five strong
(7/29/2006) Ohka allowed two earned runs, five hits and four walks in Friday's game against the Reds. He also struck out five batters, but did not figure into the decision.
Ohka turns in quality start
(7/23/2006) Tomo Ohka bounced two pitches way in front of the plate -- one landed in the grass, the other in the dirt -- and threw another that registered 58 mph on the ballpark's radar gun. Everything else was amazingly good. In a sign that he has fully recovered from shoulder problems, Ohka allowed only three hits in eight innings Sunday, helping the struggling Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. After two weeks of nothing but bad news, the Brewers needed a little relief. Ohka (3-1) gave it to them, along with a bullpen that has been their undoing. "I understand what this means to the team," Ohka said. It meant a lot, and provided a glimmer of hope that things can now get better. Ohka gave up a pair of singles and Brandon Phillips' homer in the eighth, the deepest he has pitched into any game this season. The right-hander struck out a season-high seven and walked only one, throwing 110 pitches.
Brewers SP Ohka solid off DL
(7/19/2006) The Brewers activated RHP Tomo Ohka from the 15-day DL and optioned LHP Zach Jackson to Triple-A Nashville. Ohka was solid in five innings Tuesday night, but didn't factor in the decision.
Ohka to keep up rehab work
(7/14/2006) Brewers RHP Tomo Ohka and RHP Ben Sheets will continue their minor league rehab assignments this weekend in the Arizona Rookie League. The Brewers are playing the Diamondbacks in Phoenix and will be able to see first-hand how Ohka (partial rotator cuff tear) and Sheets (shoulder tendinitis) are doing. Both pitchers are expected back in the next couple of weeks.
Ohka impressive in rehab start
(7/12/2006) Tomo Ohka pitched in his second rehabilitation start at Class A Brevard County and wentsix scoreless innings, allowing six hits with five strikeouts.
Ohka makes rehab start
(7/9/2006) Tomo Ohka made his second rehab start Sunday, pitching six innings for Single-A Brevard County against Palm Beach. He gave up one unearned run and six hits.
(7/5/2006) Two of The Brewers' injured pitchers will continue their minor league rehab stints with starts on Saturday. Right-hander Tomo Ohka is scheduled to make his second start for Single-A Brevard County, while left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is scheduled to make his third start for Double-A Huntsville. Ohka has a partial tear in his right rotator cuff and De La Rosa has a blister on his left hand.
Ohka has 'positive' rehab start
(7/5/2006) RHP Tomo Ohka (2-1, 3.18) threw 4 2-3 innings in his first rehabilitation assignment for Class A Brevard County on Monday. "Tomo threw the ball good, really good," manager Ned Yost said. "No walks, five strikeouts, six hits, it's positive."
Ohka makes rehab appearance
(7/4/2006) Tomo Ohka (shoulder) made a rehab appearance with Class A Brevard County of the Florida State League on Monday. He allowed one unearned run and six hits over 4 2/3 innings while striking out five.
Tomo Ohka will make rehab start
(7/2/2006) Tomo Ohka was scheduled to make his first rehab start for Single-A Brevard County on Sunday. The game was postponed. Ohka has been on the shelf since May 3 with a partially torn right rotator cuff.
Tomo Ohka closer to return
(7/2/2006) Carlos Villanueva will get one more start before the All-Star break, but could be replaced by Tomo Ohka (shoulder) after that last spot start.
Ohka OK for rehab assignment
(6/30/2006) Brewers RHP Tomo Ohka threw his last bullpen session Thursday in preparation for a minor league rehabilitation start Sunday with Class A Brevard County. Ohka has been on the disabled list since May 2 with a partial rotator cuff tear in his pitching shoulder.
Tomo Ohka to pitch at Brevard Co.
(6/28/2006) The Brewers moved a step closer Tuesday to getting back one of their injured starting pitchers when right-hander Tomo Ohka (shoulder) was penciled in to begin a rehabilitation assignment Sunday with Class A Brevard County. At the time, the decision was made to rehab the shoulder through strengthening and therapy rather than surgery, and the Brewers soon will learn if that plan worked. He has been on the disabled list since May 2. Ohka also threw to hitters during a Tuesday afternoon session. "He felt good last time, but he guarded his effort," manager Ned Yost said. "We told him he needed to pick it up if we were going to send him on a rehab assignment, and gosh, he looked good."
Ohka throws to hitters Saturday
(6/25/2006) Three Brewers pitchers on the DL threw batting practice Saturday, including two-time All-Star RHP Ben Sheets (shoulder). Also getting some work were RHP Tomo Ohka (shoulder) and Jorge De La Rosa (blister). Ohka, on the DL with a partial undersurface tear of the right rotator cuff, threw about 80 pitches.
Ohka to face batters Saturday
(6/24/2006) Tomo Ohka (shoulder) is expected to face live batters on Saturday for the first time since sustaining his shoulder injury.
Tomo Ohka throws off mound
(6/11/2006) Ben Sheets (shoulder) has thrown off the mound Thursday and Friday, while RHP Tomo Ohka (rotator cuff) threw off the mound Saturday. Both have been on the disabled list since early May, but no date has been set for either pitcher's return.
Ohka hopeful for second half
(6/5/2006) RHP Tomo Ohka (partially torn rotator cuff) went on the disabled list retroactive to May 2. The Brewers hope Ohka can avoid surgery and return in the second half of the season.
Ohka not ready for return
(5/20/2006) Manager Ned Yost said before the game that he expects pitchers Rick Helling (ankle), Ben Sheets (shoulder) and Toma Ohka (shoulder) to return from the 15-day DL in that order.
Ohka might not need surgery
(5/14/2006) Tomo Ohka could avoid shoulder surgery now, according to the Brewers' official website. "He was much better than (we) thought he would be," GM Doug Melvin told MLB.com. "We said 4-to-6 weeks, and that's still the timetable. But maybe he doesn't need surgery."
Ohka might need surgery
(5/4/2006) The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that an MRI on Tomo Ohka's shoulder revealed a partial tear of his rotator cuff as well as a capsular injury. If it doesn't heal through physical rehabilitation, surgery that would end his season prematurely is possible. "It's tough," said general manager Doug Melvin. "He's a veteran, experienced guy. You felt every time out you have a chance to win the ball game. There's no substitute for that kind of experience."
Tomo Ohka placed on 15-day DL
(5/3/2006) The Brewers placed RHP Tomo Ohka (2-1) on the 15-day DL with a disabled list with a partial undersurface tear of the right rotator cuff and capsular injury. The move was retroactive to May 2. He has a 3.18 ERA in six starts. RHP Ben Hendrickson, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on April 27, is a candidate to start Saturday's game at Los Angeles.
Ohka to have MRI on Wednesday
(5/3/2006) Brewers starter Tomo Ohka (shoulder) will have an MRI on Wednesday. He said he still felt stiff after being removed from Monday's game with a right shoulder strain. Brewers manager Ned Yost said even if Ohka skips his next start, it won't dramatically alter the rotation because of an off day coming up Monday.
Ohka leaves Monday's start
(5/2/2006) Tomo Ohka left Monday night's start after five innings due to a strained right rotator cuff. He tossed just 64 pitches, allowing two hits and a run before departing.
Ohka posts a quality start
(4/26/2006) Tomo Ohka allowed two earned runs and seven hits in seven innings against the Braves on Tuesday night against Tim Hudson to improve to 2-1. He did not walk any batters and struck out three, lowering his ERA to 3.72.
Ohka knocked around by Reds
(4/21/2006) Tomo Ohka allowed six runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in just four innings on Thursday against Cincinnati. He also walked four batters and struck out three, but did not figure into the decision.
Ohka KO's Mets Saturday
(4/15/2006) Tomo Ohka shut down New York's offense and slapped a go-ahead double, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-2 victory Saturday that stopped the Mets' winning streak at seven. Pitching against a team that began the day with an NL-high .310 batting average, Ohka (1-1) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits in seven innings.
Ohka loses control
(4/12/2006) RHP Tomo Ohka, who was very sharp with his control in his first outing, had trouble throwing strikes Monday against the Cardinals. Ohka walked four batters in four innings and threw only 51 of 84 pitches for strikes. "He was off with his command but he battled and kept us in the game," manager Ned Yost said.
Ohka has rough game Monday
(4/10/2006) Tomo Ohka (0-1) couldn't keep up with Mark Mulder on Monday in St. Louis, the Brewers pitcher allowed four runs on six hits and four walks while picking up the loss.
Ohka has tough task ahead
(4/10/2006) St. Louis sends Mark Mulder to the mound to face Milwaukee's Tomo Ohka to open the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis Monday. Mulder didn't get a decision in his first game of the season against the Phillies. Ohka also didn't get a decision in Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh, although he pitched well, giving up one earned run on five hits in seven innings.
Ohka posts a quality start
(4/6/2006) Tomo Ohka allowed two runs -- one earned -- along with five hits and a walk in seven innings on Wednesday against the Pirates for the quality win and a no-decision. Matt Wise came on in the eighth inning for the win.
Ohka tattooed by the Rockies
(4/1/2006) Tomo Ohka allowed three earned runs and eight hits in just four innings in Friday's spring finale against the Rockies, walking none and striking out none.
(3/27/2006) MLB.com notes that Tomo Ohka allowed two runs on five hits in five innings of work Sunday against Texas. "He had very, very good stuff today," manager Ned Yost said. "Outstanding split. Nice curve. Good fastball. He was off just a hair, and his pitch count got up high."
Tomo Ohka Ks seven batters
(3/22/2006) Tomo Ohka, who turned in a shaky start for the Brewers in his previous outing Friday against Kansas City, struck out his first four batters on his way to seven strikeouts in five innings on Wednesday vs. Texas. Ohka gave up seven hits and four runs -- two earned.
Royals knock around Ohka
(3/18/2006) Brewers starter Tomo Ohka was roughed up for 11 hits and seven runs, five unearned, in four innings against the Royals Friday. The Royals batted around in a five-run third off Ohka (0-2), who has allowed 21 hits in 11 innings in four appearances.
Tomo Ohka roughed up by Cubs
(3/12/2006) Tomo Ohka was tagged for eight hits and seven runs in three innings Sunday vs. the Chicago Cubs. "He threw the ball OK, but he got a few pitches up in the strike zone," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "The wind blowing out didn't help him."
Brewers, Ohka agree to deal
(2/16/2006) Tomo Ohka agreed to a one-year, $4.53 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday. The right-hander made $2.75 million last year when he went 7-6 with Milwaukee following a midseason trade with the Washington Nationals. The new deal includes $100,000 in performance bonuses, broken down into $25,000 for both 185 innings and 195 innings pitched, and another $50,000 for 200 innings pitched. Ohka pitched 180 1/3 innings last season, and he was 11-9 with a 4.04 ERA.
Ohka O.K. in 19th round
(2/14/2006) In CBS SportsLine.com's NL-only experts 5x5 Rotisserie draft, Brewers OF Tomo Ohka was selected in the 19th round (222nd overall).
Ohka to step aside for aces
(8/10/2005) Manager Ned Yost will keep the top three starters -- RHP Ben Sheets, LHP Chris Capuano, LHP Doug Davis -- on their regular five-day rotation for the rest of the season. Off days will determine when RHP Victor Santos and RHP Tomo Ohka, the fourth and fifth starters, take the mound.
Ohka quiets Philadelphia bats
(8/7/2005) Tomo Ohka worked eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks in Sunday's game at Philadelphia. He also struck out nine batters in the win.
Ohka baffles his former mates
(7/18/2005) Tomo Ohka worked seven strong innings, allowing three earned runs and four hits against the Nationals on Sunday to improve to 6-4. He had allowed only one run through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh.
Ohka great in Brew Crew debut
(6/15/2005) Tomo Ohka scattered nine hits in a complete game shutout at Tampa Bay to win his Milwaukee debut on Tuesday night and improve to 5-3. Ohka did not walk a batter and he struck out six.
Ohka traded to the Brewers
(6/10/2005) The Brewers dealt Junior Spivey to the Nationals in exchange for Tomo Ohka Friday.
Ohka fined, put in doghouse
(6/5/2005) Tomo Ohka was fined by the Nats for showing up manager Frank Robinson. Ohka turned his back on him as the manager walked to the mound Saturday. Robinson then had to grab the ball out of Ohka's hand to make the pitching change. "He was disrespectful to me," Robinson said before Sunday's game against the Marlins. "He had his back to me. I put my hand out for the ball and he didn't give it to me." In a statement, team president Tony Tavares and general manager Jim Bowden said the fine was for "contempt" directed toward the manager. "One thing you can't have on a major-league club is have a player show up a manager," Bowden said.
Ohka continues mastery of Jays
(5/23/2005) Tomo Ohka is 2-0 with a 2.74 ERA in three career starts in Toronto. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning the last time he was at Rogers Centre. "There's nothing special here," Ohka said.
Nats' Ohka dazzles in relief
(5/18/2005) RHP Tomo Ohka made his first appearance Tuesday since his demotion from the starting rotation. It was only the second relief appearance of his career. Ohka, who had not pitched since May 6, threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits.
Ohka gets win as last-sec sub
(5/1/2005) Tomo Ohka allowed one walk and two hits in six scoreless innings after replacing Zach Day (inner ear infection) for Saturday's start against the Mets.
Nationals likely to skip Ohka
(4/25/2005) The Nationals are worried something is physically troubling Tomo Ohka and are likely to skip him the rotation this week, according to MLB.com. The website reports the team doctor could not find anything wrong with the right-hander, who is 1-3 with a 5.85 ERA and is walking batters at a 6.75-per-nine clip. He had walked only 2.3 per nine in 2004. "That's not a sign of someone being OK," manager Frank Robinson told the website. "This young man doesn't perform like this when he's healthy."
Ohka tosses quality start
(4/13/2005) Tomo Ohka allowed four hits and three runs in six sharp innings Wednesday against the Braves. He did walk six batters and struck out a pair in the victory.
Ohka gets one-year deal
(1/19/2005) The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with RHP Tomo Ohka on a one-year contract.
Expos activate Ohka
(9/14/2004) The Expos activated Tomo Ohka from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, three months and four days after he suffered a broken right forearm after being hit by a line drive. "I don't know if it's a miracle, but it's quite an accomplishment," said manager Frank Robinson. "It's amazing what he's done. Here he is, and he looks like he hasn't missed a beat."
Ohka has throwing session
(9/12/2004) According to the Expos official website, Tomo Ohka had a throwing session on Saturday and could be activated from the disabled list in the near future. "Ohka looked good," Pascucci said. "He was throwing strikes. He was around the plate with everything. His offspeed stuff was real good. He throws that a lot during the year. He looks like he is on the right track in getting back," outfielder Val Pascucci said.
Ohka might return this year
(9/5/2004) Tomo Ohka (right radius fracture) is progressing well in his rehabilitation and expects to be activated from the 60-day disabled list in mid-September.
Ohka moved to 60-day DL
(8/3/2004) The Expos transferred Tomo Ohka (forearm) from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.
Ohka aiming for September
(8/1/2004) The team's official website reports Tomo Ohka (broken right forearm) has started to throw off flat ground and is hopeful of returning in September.
Ohka has surgery
(6/13/2004) Tomo Ohka had successful surgery to repair a broken right forearm on Saturday. The operation consisted of putting a plate in Ohka's arm. There is usually a four month recovery time for this type of surgery.
Ohka could miss three months
(6/11/2004) Tomo Ohka suffered a fractured right forearm when he was struck by a line drive on Thursday. "It's one of the bones of the forearm, right before it meets the wrist," team doctor Bruce Thomas told the Expos' official website. "He had immediate pain and swelling. The X-ray confirms it is fractured and displaced."
(6/10/2004) Tomo Ohka left Thursday's start in the third inning after being struck by a line drive in the right hand.
Ohka not getting support
(6/7/2004) Tomo Ohka is 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA over his last seven games. The Expos are just scoring 2.09 runs per start for him this season though.
Ohka loses his third straight
(4/20/2004) Tomo Ohka lost his third straight start to open the season Monday against the Mets. He now has a 5.93 ERA and 1.829 WHIP on the season.
Tomo Ohka terrible on Sunday
(7/28/2003) Ohka was lit up for five earned runs and 14 hits in only five innings on Sunday against Atlanta. He did not factor into the decision.
Ohka to start Thursday for Expos
(7/14/2003) The Montreal Gazette reports that Tomo Ohka will start after the All-Star break on Thursday at Philadelphia.
Ohka much improved on Thursday
(5/8/2003) Tomo Ohka rebounded from two awful starts to defeat San Diego on Thursday. He pitched eight strong innings, allowing three earned runs, eight hits and two walks. He also struck out two batters.
Ohka shuts down Arizona Tuesday
(4/22/2003) Tomo Okha pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday night against Arizona. He allowed six hits, three walks and struck out four batters.
Mets pepper Ohka on Friday night
(4/5/2003) Tomo Ohka will have good outings in 2003. Friday night was not one of them, as he allowed three earned runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. On a positive note, he did not walk a batter and struck out two.
(7/31/2002) Ohka will replace injured starter Tony Armas Jr. and start Thursday's game. Britt Reames will follow him on Friday.
(6/20/2002) Ohka won his fourth straight decision Wednesday and has not lost since May 16. In each of his last eight starts, Ohka has gone at least seven innings. Ohka is a good fifth starter in NL-only Fantasy leagues.
(6/4/2002) Ohka allowed three runs (all unearned) in seven innings Monday as he improved his record to 5-3. He has pitched well recently and is emerging as a solid fifth starter in NL-only leagues. In his past five starts, Ohka has allowed eight earned runs in 35 2/3 innings for a 2.02 ERA. Ohka, who is 2-1 in those starts, has gone at least seven innings in six of his past seven starts.
(5/30/2002) Ohka gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings on Wednesday, but did not figure in the decision against Atlanta. Ohka has been posting respectable numbers in relative obscurity, and he is definitely worth a pickup if your starting pitching is thin.
(8/1/2001) Ohka will join the Expos' rotation and will start Saturday's game in Houston, according to the Montreal Gazette. He struggled with the Red Sox this year, and we wouldn't recommend you pick him up in an NL-only league until he proves himself over a start or two.
(7/31/2001) Ohka was acquired by the Montreal Expos in Tuesday's Ugueth Urbina trade. Ohka could eventually inherit a starting rotation spot with Montreal, but he's only worth a pickup in deep NL-only leagues right now.
(7/29/2001) To clear a roster spot for the return of Carl Everett, the Red Sox optioned Ohka to Class AAA Pawtucket of the International League. Ohka, who has been back and forth from Pawtucket all season, is 2-5 with a 6.19 ERA in 12 games -- 11 starts.
(7/26/2001) Ohka will work out of the bullpen and then be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket when Bret Saberhagen is activated, according to the Boston Globe. Ohka lost all four starts since replacing Frank Castillo in the rotation, and he's no longer worth holding onto in a Fantasy league.
(7/25/2001) Ohka was moved to a relief role before Tuesday's game. He will likely remain with the club in this capacity until Bret Saberhagen makes his return on Friday. Drop Ohka from your roster.
(7/4/2001) Ohka allowed five runs and nine hits in 3.1 innings Tuesday in Cleveland, his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. If he doesn't start performing at the big-league level quickly, he'll be headed right back to the minors and to the waiver wires of most Fantasy leagues.
(6/29/2001) Ohka has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Frank Castillo's place on the roster. The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Frank Castillo on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained muscle in his back.
(6/11/2001) Ohka has been demoted once again. The Sox assigned the righthander to Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday to make room for IF Jon Shave. Ohka had just been recalled on Thursday.
(6/8/2001) Ohka was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. He'll be used as a long reliever for the next two days and will be optioned back to the minors this weekend. Don't bother picking him up.
(5/13/2001) Ohka was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket by the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. In seven starts for the BoSox, Ohka was 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA. Veterans David Cone and Tim Wakefield will now join the Red Sox' starting rotation, and should be considered if you need to replace Ohka on your roster.
(3/15/2001) Now that Rolando Arrojo hs been sent to the bullpen, the door is open for Ohka to earn a spot in the starting rotation. The youngster will start in Arrojo's place Friday as the Sox battle Pittsburgh. If Okha does earn a starting spot, he'll be worth a few bucks in your upcoming Fantasy draft.
(3/12/2001) Ohka has a spring ERA of 4.26 but is still not expected to begin the season as a starter. David Cone, Frank Castillo and Rolando Arrojo will all be in the rotation, according to published reports. Arrojo and Cone have not pitched as well as Ohka, and neither has Hideo Nomo, one of the other starters. Don't be surprised if Ohka supplants one of them as a starter at some point. Arrojo was hit hard on Sunday, and might very well lose his spot to Ohka if he doesn't turn it around very soon
(7/19/1999) The Red Sox promoted RHP Tomokazu Ohka from Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League. He was 8-0 with Double-A Trenton and 3-0 at Pawtucket this season. Ohka, who pitched last year in Japan, is scheduled to start Monday night against Florida.