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Tomo Ohka | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/18/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 204
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Blue Jays reassigned RHP Tomo Ohka to minor league camp.
The veteran right-hander is in the process of trying to re-invent himself as a knuckleballer, but reportedly has a long way to go. He's likely to begin the year at the Double-A level, and isn't likely to make an impact at the major league level in 2014. Mar 2 - 4:45 PM

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Blue Jays signed RHP Tomo Ohka to a minor league contract.

This confirms a report from Wednesday night. Ohka hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 as a member of the Indians, but the 37-year-old is hoping to make a comeback as a knuckleballer. He appears on track to start the season at the Double-A level.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 03:33:00 PM

The Blue Jays and Tomo Ohka have a verbal agreement on a minor league deal, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.

The 37-year-old Ohka has been pitching in the independent league and has reinvented himself as a knuckleballer. Davidi speculates Ohka could start at Double-A New Hampshire next season.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 10:48:00 PM

Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that Tomo Ohka is drawing interest from several teams including the Orioles.

The 37-year-old, who hasn't appeared in the majors since 2009, is attempting to reinvent himself as a knuckleballer in the independent leagues. He should be able to secure a minor league deal with a spring training invitation someplace this winter.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 12:34:00 PM

Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that Tomo Ohka is trying to make a comeback to the Majors as a knuckleballer.

The 37-year-old right-hander last appeared in the big leagues in 2009, where he posted a troubling 5.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 31/19 K/BB ratio over 71 innings with the Indians. It remains an extreme long-shot, but would certainly be entertaining to watch should he secure a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 08:13:00 PM

According to a Sanspo.com report, right-hander Tomo Ohka has signed with the Yokohama BayStars of Japan's Central League.

Ohka began his career with the BayStars in 1994. The 34-year-old right-hander was 51-68 with a 4.26 ERA over 10 seasons in the major leagues, making stops with the Red Sox, Expos/Nationals, Brewers, Twins, and most recently, the Indians last season.
Tue, Apr 6, 2010 05:48:00 PM

Tomo Ohka was rocked for seven runs in five innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Ohka gave up three homers in the contest, raising his ERA to 5.96. He's unlikely to be back with the Indians next season. The Indians finished a disappointing season at 65-97, tying them with the Royals for the fourth worst record in baseball. The Indians will lose the tie-breaker and pick fifth in the 2010 draft.
Sun, Oct 4, 2009 05:56:00 PM

Tomo Ohka was tagged for five runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers on Sunday.

Jeremy Sowers wasn't pitching well at all, but when the alternative was Ohka, it made more sense to keep him around than to send him back down. Ohka has a 6.40 ERA in four starts and three relief appearances.
Sun, Jul 12, 2009 04:08:00 PM

Tomo Ohka held the Cardinals to two earned runs over seven innings Saturday but was handed the loss.

It was Ohka's first start of the season, and he impressed. Other than the pair of solo shots he served up to Albert Pujols, the 33-year-old Ohka allowed just five hits, struck out two and did not walk a batter. He's a risky play, but AL-only leaguers seeking starting pitching might as well monitor his progress.
Sat, Jun 13, 2009 07:15:00 PM

Indians purchased the contract of RHP Tomo Ohka from Triple-A Columbus.

Ohka was 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts at the Triple-A level. He'll provide long relief with the Tribe and could get a start in an emergency. He was signed to a minor league contract this winter but failed to make the roster out of spring training.
Thu, May 28, 2009 10:46:00 AM

Indians signed RHP Tomo Ohka to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Once an underrated mid-rotation starter, Ohka will be 33 years old in March and spent last season going 5-11 with a 4.18 ERA at Triple-A. He's highly unlikely to crack the rotation, but could secure a job as a long reliever.
Fri, Dec 5, 2008 12:31:00 PM

Triple-A Charlotte's Tomo Ohka was pounded for eight runs -- seven earned -- in 3 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

Ohka allowed just one run in 10 innings for the White Sox this spring, but he isn't looking like a legitimate fallback for the rotation right now. He has a 12.27 ERA and a 5/6 K/BB ratio in two starts for Charlotte.
Thu, Apr 10, 2008 04:33:00 AM

White Sox reassigned RHP Tomo Ohka and 1B Brad Eldred to minor league camp; optioned LHP Andrew Sisco and C Donny Lucy to Triple-A Charlotte.

Ohka allowed just one run in 10 innings this spring, but it seems that if the White Sox are going to carry a long reliever, it will be Nick Masset. Eldred had an interesting .176/.300/.500 line with 15 strikeouts in 34 at-bats. Sisco gave up four earned runs in four innings.
Wed, Mar 19, 2008 02:09:00 PM

Tomo Ohka threw two scoreless innings out of the pen Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Ohka has allowed one run and four hits in seven innings this spring. He's probably competing with Nick Masset for one spot in the White Sox bullpen.
Sun, Mar 16, 2008 07:16:00 PM

White Sox signed RHP Tomo Ohka to a minor league contract.

Ohka couldn't even get outs in Triple-A last year. He's just turning 32 next month and he has a decent track record in the majors, but it seems doubtful that he'll contribute.
Thu, Feb 21, 2008 04:55:00 PM

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2Josh Thole
3George Kottaras
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Dan Johnson
2B1Steve Tolleson
2Munenori Kawasaki
3Ryan Goins
4Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Juan Francisco
3Danny Valencia
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Anthony Gose
2Kevin Pillar
3Dalton Pompey
4Colby Rasmus
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Adam Lind
2John Mayberry
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S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4J.A. Happ
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Casey Janssen
2Aaron Loup
3Brett Cecil
4Dustin McGowan
5Todd Redmond
6Aaron Sanchez
7Chad Jenkins
8Daniel Norris
9Brandon Morrow
10Sean Nolin
11Kendall Graveman