[8/23/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters considering how to use Shohei Otani

The Nippon Ham Fighters are not in a huge rush to bring Shohei Otani back as a pitcher because of his bat. Hideki Kuriyama is considering a number of options, including using Otani as a reliever in games he starts as a designated hitter. Returning to the starting rotation is also an option, but most likely not until next week (and it would also mean limiting his time as a hitter).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/23/2016, Sponichi 8/23/2016, Sanspo 8/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016Daily Sports 8/23/2016

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