[8/2/2016] Shohei Otani’s next start still up in the air

Shohei Otani’s (right middle finger) next start is again up in the air. Hideki Kuriyama is planning to consider all options for him during the team’s upcoming series against  Lotte (August 2-4) and Softbank (August 5-7). The manager’s biggest concern right now is determining when Otani is ready to return to the mound as a starter. As of August 1, he has not been able to toss a bullpen session since July 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2016, Daily Sports 8/2/2016, Sponichi 8/2/2016, Sports Hochi 8/2/2016

[UPDATE @ 6:46pm]

Otani’s finger has healed, however, Kuriyama feels the pitcher is still concerned about the finger and is letting it affect the way he pitches.

Source: Sanspo 8/2/2016

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