[5/31/2016] Shohei Otani could pitch and hit for himself up to three times during IL play

Shohei Otani could get to pitch and hit for himself in up to three games during Inter-league play.

  • June 5 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome (no designated hitter)
  • June 12 against Hanshin at Sapporo Dome
  • June 19 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome (no designated hitter)

Otani will naturally get to bat for himself during games at Central League stadiums, but may also get another chance to bat for himself during a home game, assuming no one else needs the spot (like if a key player is unable to play defense, but can swing the bat).

Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/31/2016, Sponichi 5/31/2016

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