[8/15/2016] Shohei Otani still a question mark as a pitcher

The Nippon Ham Fighters are still not sure when Shohei Otani will be ready for his next start as a pitcher. He did throw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher during pre-game practices on August 14, but not at full strength. Earlier reports indicated that he might be able to make an appearance in relief during the team’s upcoming three-game series against the Orix Buffaloes that begins tomorrow, but Masato Yoshii (pitching coach) did not think that was a realistic option based on Ontani’s current condition.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2016, Sponichi 8/15/2016, Tokyo Sports 8/15/2016

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