[8/1/2017] The latest on Shohei Otani (August updates)

Otani threw forty baseballs into a net off an incline today. He is scheduled to toss a bullpen session some time this week, assuming no physical issues.

Source: Sanspo 8/1/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/1/2017

[UPDATE 8/2 @ 3:47pm]

Otani could toss a bullpen session on either August 5 or 6.

Source: Daily Sports 8/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/2/2017, Sponichi 8/2/2017

[UPDATE 8/5 @ 1:25pm]

Otani might not get another start until a two-game series against Lotte at Sapporo Dome that begins on August 16. The Fighters want him to toss at least two bullpen sessions before they give him the green light.

Source: Daily Sports 8/5/2017

[UPDATE 8/5 @ 11:55pm]

Otani tossed a bullpen session today. It was his first session since July 19.

Source: Sponichi 8/5/2017

[UPDATE 8/6 @ 5:38pm]

Otani threw ten pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on August 5.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/6/2017

[UPDATE 8/9 @ 4:25pm]

Otani tossed a bullpen session on August 8. He threw twenty pitches in a net and then twenty pitches to a standing catcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2017

[UPDATE 8/15 @ 8:25am]

Scouts from the Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres, and Rangers were spotted at the Softbank game on August 14.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/15/2017

[UPDATE 8/16 @ 10:17pm]

Otani threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen during pre-game practices today. He threw twenty to a standing catcher and thirty-two to a squatting catcher at ninety to one-hundred percent. He is still probably at least ten days away from being ready to pitch in a game.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2017, Daily Sports 8/16/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017

[UPDATE 8/18 @ 2:30am]

According to a report by Tokyo Sports, the Fighters are prepared to post Otani after the season. Otani, for his part, has started looking into a number agents.

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/17/2017

[UPDATE 8/19 @ 2:28pm]

Eight officials from the Dodgers, including Orel Hershiser, Andrew Friedman, David Finley, and Jon Deeble, were at the Seibu game at Sapporo Dome on August 18.

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/19/2017

[UPDATE 8/19 @ 3:11pm]

The Pirates, Rangers, and Astros were also spotted at the game on August 18.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2017, Sanspo 8/19/2017, Sponichi 8/19/2017

[UPDATE 8/20 @ 5:33pm]

Otani threw fifty-eight pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2017, Sports Hochi 8/20/2017

[UPDATE 8/22 @ 4:15pm]

Otani could get a start on August 31 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/22/2017

[UPDATE 8/23 @ 8:36pm]

Otani threw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen before tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Kobe. A number of scouts from MLB teams sat in the stands and watched the session (the bullpen was on the third base side on foul territory).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017

[UPDATE 8/25 @ 9:40pm]

Otani still seems to be on track to get a start on August 31 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2017

[UPDATE 8/26 @ 10:44pm]

Otani threw about twenty pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen before tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at Kobo Park Miyagi. Assuming no bumps in the road, he will toss one more bullpen session before a possible start on August 31 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Daily Sports 8/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/26/2017, Sponichi 8/26/2017

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 5:18pm]

Scouts from about eight MLB teams, including the Dodgers, Rangers and Blue Jays, were at the game on August 26.

Source: Sponichi 8/27/2017, Sports Hochi 8/27/2017

[UPDATE 8/29 @ 4:53pm]

Hideki Kuriyama told reporters today that he is planning to give Otani the start on August 31 against Softbank. He could pitch three to five innings, or around sixty pitches. If everything goes well, he could get to pitch in two to three more games before the end of the season.

In other news, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman is apparently planning to watch the game, in person, on August 31.

Source: Sanspo 8/29/2017, Sponichi 8/29/2017, Sports Hochi 8/29/2017Daily Sports 8/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2017

[UPDATE 8/29 @ 9:00pm]

Otani threw twenty-four pitches in the bullpen today. Kuriyama made the decision to give Otani the start on August 31 after seeing the session. Kuriyama also confirmed that the pitcher is still slated to get the start on August 31 after today’s rain out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/29/2017, Daily Sports 8/29/2017

[UPDATE 8/30 @ 12:58pm]

Over twenty scouts from about ten MLB teams might be at the game on August 31.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/2017, Sponichi 8/30/2017

[UPDATE 8/31 @ 3:35pm]

Scouts from over fifteen MLB teams migh/t be at tonight’s game.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Assistant GM Jean Afterman visited the Yomiuri Giants on August 30. They are planning to attend tonight’s game.

Source: Sponichi 8/31/2017, Daily Sports 8/31/2017, Sanspo 8/31/2017

[UPDATE 8/31 @ 9:36pm]

Otani topped 160km/h four times during his start tonight against the Softbank Hawks at Sapporo Dome. Twenty-two scouts/officials from fourteen teams were at the game.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/31/2017

[UPDATE 9/1 @ 2:35pm]

MLB teams included the Yankees (three members), Red Sox (two members), Blue Jays (three members), Rangers, and Dodgers.

The Fighters provided broadcast rights to TV stations (HBC, UHB, and HTB) in Sapporo for free.

Otani’s next start could come on eleven days of rest against Rakuten at Sapporo Dome on August 12.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2017Nikkan Sports 9/1/2017, Sanspo 9/1/2017

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