[3/29/2017] Rick van den Hurk could get first start on April 6

Rick van den Hurk was slated for a start on April 1 against Lotte, but may have been scratched because of a blister on his right index finger. He might be pushed back to April 6 against Rakuten. Kenichi Nakata was originally set for the start on April 6, but his tune-up appearance at Ni-gun on March 30 was canceled. He might be getting ready for the start on April 1.

The media also learned that van den Hurk suffered a broken nail on his right index finger during the World Baseball Classic. The incident occurred while pitching against Japan on March 12.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/29/2017Nikkan Sports 3/29/2017Nikkan Sports 3/29/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 71 44 26 1
Hanshin 69 37 32 0
Yokohama 71 34 35 2
Chunichi 73 33 37 3
Yomiuri 70 31 39 0
Yakult 70 27 42 1
G W L T
Rakuten 65 43 21 1
Softbank 73 47 26 0
Seibu 67 36 29 2
Orix 69 31 37 1
Nippon Ham 70 28 42 0
Lotte 70 22 47 1
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