[10/12/2016] Rakuten to make a decision on Yuki Matsui’s role this month

Masataka Nashida told reporters he wanted to make a decision on how to use Yuki Matsui next season as soon as possible. Matsui has been used as a closer the last two seasons with talk of him returning to the starting rotation at some point. Nashida is planning to speak to him during fall practices.

Source: Sponichi 10/12/2016, Daily Sports 10/12/2016, Sports Hochi 10/12/2016

[UPDATE 10/14 @ 8:36am]

The media learned on October 13 that Nashida met Matsui at kobo Stadium on the same day and decided that the pitcher will reprise his role as closer next year.

Source: Sanspo 10/14/2016

[UPDATE 10/15 @ 12:50am]

Nashida told reporters on October 14 that Matsui wanted to find success as a closer one more time before he returned to starting.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2016

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