[7/9/2016] Hirotoshi Masui to join starting rotation after the All-Star break

Hideki Kuriyama told reporters today that he is planning to use Hirotoshi Masui as a starter after the All-Star break. Masui has struggled in the bullpen and Kuriyama believes a change in role could help. The manager is also hoping to bolster the rotation with another arm.

Masui has not started a game since his rookie season in 2010. He was taken off the active roster on June 20 for an adjustment. He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game on July 11 against Yakult.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2016, Daily Sports 7/9/2016, Sponichi 7/9/2016, Sports Hochi 7/10/2016, Sanspo 7/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016

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