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Otonari, Kenji 大隣 憲司 (おおとなり・けんじ)
Softbank Hawks | #28 | P
Born: 11/18/1984 (age 33)
Height: 175cm
Weight: 89kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kyoto
Draft: 2006, Kibo-waku
History: 京都学園高-近大
Roster Changes: added 07/09/2016, removed 07/10/2016
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[2/12/2018] Lotte expected to sign Otonari, F. Peguero, Lee

The Chiba Lotte Marines are expected to sign thirty-three-year-old pitcher Kenji Otonari, twenty-nine-year-old Francisco Peguero, and twenty-nine-year-old Tu-Hsuan Lee. All three players are attending spring camp as tryouts.

Otonari pitched in an intra-squad game on February 12. He pitched one inning, faced five hitters, and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. Peguero and Lee each had good intra-squad games on February 11: Peguero went 1-for-2 with a home run and Lee went 2-for-4 with a home run. Both players went hitless (Peguero 0-for-4 and Lee 0-for-2) on February 12.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Sports Hochi 2/12/2018, Sponichi 2/12/2018, Daily Sports 2/12/2018

[UPDATE 2/16 @ 4:18pm]

The Marines officially signed Otonari (one year at ten million yen), Peguero (one year at 60,000 US dollars), and Lee (one year at five million yen) to contracts. They were also assigned uniform numbers:

Source: Sports Hochi 2/16/2018, Sports Hochi 2/16/2018, Daily Sports 2/16/2018, Sponichi 2/16/2018, Sanspo 2/16/2018

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[1/26/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines invite Kenji Otonari to spring camp tryout

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on January 25 that they invited thirty-three-year-old Kenji Otonari, twenty-nine-year-old Tu-Hsuan Lee, and twenty-nine-year-old Francisco Peguero to tryouts during spring camp. Their tryouts will take place between February 1 and 8.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2018, Sanspo 1/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2018, Daily Sports 1/25/2018

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[12/27/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines to give Kenji Otonari a tryout

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to give Softbank senryokugai Kenji Otonari a tryout during spring camp next year. The Marines are looking for left-handed pitchers and Otonari might be able to give them the innings.

Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2017

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[2/11/2017] Kenji Otonari working through some lower back pain

Kenji Otonari canceled a batting practice outing on February 11 because of lower back pain. He first started feeling discomfort in his lower back a few days ago during a bullpen session. The condition is not considered serious.

Source: Sanspo 2/11/2017

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[7/27/2016] Kenji Otonari’s wife gives birth to boy

The Softbank Hawks announced that Kenji Otonari’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 3,225 grams, at a hospital in Fukuoka on July 27.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2016

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[7/5/2016] Kenji Otonari could get Ichi-gun start on July 10

Kenji Otonari had surgery on his left elbow in August 2015. He has pitched in eleven Ni-gun games so far this season and could be ready to make his first Ichi-gun start on July 10 against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2016

2016 Ni-gun Games

Date Opponent Desc GS CG IP NP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
04/09 Sat Nippon Ham   0 0 2.0 16 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 4.50 0.00
04/16 Sat Hiroshima L 1 0 2.0 48 12 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 6.75 4.50 2.25 1.50
04/23 Sat Hanshin   1 0 2.0 52 12 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 2 7.50 4.50 4.50 2.00
04/30 Sat Hiroshima L 1 0 5.0 61 19 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 6.55 2.45 4.09 1.45
05/15 Sun Hiroshima   1 0 7.0 93 27 7 1 1 0 3 0 0 3 3 5.50 2.00 4.00 1.33
05/22 Sun Hanshin L 1 0 5.2 105 27 7 1 2 0 6 1 0 3 3 5.32 2.28 5.32 1.39
06/01 Wed Orix L 1 0 4.0 93 20 8 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 5 6.18 1.95 5.86 1.48
06/08 Wed Chunichi W 1 0 5.0 91 20 3 0 2 0 6 0 0 2 2 5.79 2.20 6.61 1.41
06/15 Wed Chunichi L 1 0 6.0 87 24 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 2 5.35 2.09 6.28 1.34
06/23 Thu Hanshin W 0 0 4.0 47 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.85 1.90 5.70 1.27
06/30 Thu Hiroshima   1 0 8.2 134 37 9 0 4 0 4 0 0 3 3 4.56 2.28 5.44 1.31
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