Shohei Otani was given two days off after the regular season and resumed practices on October 3 at Sapporo Dome. He is currently slated to start an intra-squad game on October 5. He will make appearances as a hitter during intra-squad games on October 7 and 9. There is a good chance he will start the first game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series on October 12.
Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2016