Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about letting Shohei Otani bat for himself when he pitches. Injuries to Dai-Kang Yoh and Kenshi Sugiya could force the decision, especially if the offense continues to sputter when he pitches. But there are concerns about losing the designated hitter from the start of the game. Otani has batted for himself in five games in the past, but only where there was no DH..
|2013/06/18||Fifth||1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI||ND, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 ER||7-4, W||Hiroshima||Mazda|
|2014/05/20||Seventh||0-for-3||ND, 5.0+, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 SO, 5 ER||7-5, W||Chunichi||Sapporo Dome|
|2014/06/04||Seventh||1-for-2, 1 SO||W, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 SO, 1 ER||6-2, W||Hiroshima||Sapporo Dome|
|2014/06/11||Seventh||0-for-2, 1 SO||ND, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 ER||2-1, L||Yomiuri||Sapporo Dome|
|2015/06/06||Seventh||0-for-3, 3 SO||L, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 11 SO, 1 ER||1-0, L||Hanshin||Koshien|
Note: in 2014, the DH-rule applied to games in the Central League during Inter-league play.
Since the Pacific League added the DH-rule in 1975, there have been four games where pitchers batted for themselves.
|1987/10/20||Seibu||Ninth||Matsunuma, Hirohisa||0||0||0||7-4, W||Lotte||Seibu|
|1990/10/11||Seibu||Ninth||Kudo, Kimiyasu||0||0||0||10-4, W||Kintetsu||Seibu|
|1992/10/10||Seibu||Ninth||Watanabe, Hisanobu||1||1||0||1-0, W||Nippon Ham||Seibu|
|1998/10/10||Seibu||Ninth||Nishiguchi, Fumiya||2||0||0||2-4, L||Lotte||Seibu Dome|