[7/17/2016] Yusei Kikuchi to start Ni-gun game on July 22

Yusei Kikuchi (right side) is set to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on July 19 against Lotte at Seibu 2 Stadium. He will start the game and throw about thirty pitches.

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2016

[UPDATE 7/18 @ 11:40am]

Kikuchi was scratched from his Ni-gun start on July 19 because coaches felt he needed more time to get his arm ready. He did throw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen on July 17. He is now projected to return to the active roster in August.

Source: Sanspo 7/18/2016

[UPDATE 7/19 @ 12:37am]

Kikuchi is now scheduled to start a Ni-gun game on July 22 against Yokohama at Bay Stars Stadium. He will start the game and throw about thirty pitches. The coaches set his schedule after they were able to confirm he felt no pain in his right side a day after his last bullpen session on July 17.

Source: Sanspo 7/18/2016

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