[8/11/2016] Shohei Otani could get a start on August 21 against Softbank

Shohei Otani threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on August 9 and felt fine the following day. Hideki Kuriyama will continue to monitor Otani’s condition, but assuming no setbacks, his next start could come on August 21 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome. He could also make an appearance in relief during a three-game series against Orix that begins on August 16.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/11/2016

[UPDATE 8/11 @ 6:58pm]

Otani threw thirty-five pitches to a squatting catcher before today’s game against the Seibu Lions. It was the first time he threw to a squatting catcher since his made an appearance in relief on July 24.

Source: Daily Sports 8/11/2016, Sports Hochi 8/11/2016

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