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Yuya Ando, Takumi Akiyama set to join rotation?

by on Aug.17, 2010 @ 11:48 am, under NPB

With Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi working through things at Ni-gun (he was taken off the active roster yesterday), the Tigers currently have Yasutomo Kubo, Jason Standridge, and Randy Messenger for the starting rotation.  The Tigers could move Yuya Ando out of the bullpen and back into the rotation and give Shimoyanagi's start to rookie Takumi Akiyama.

The rotation over the next 5 days could go, Messenger (today, vs YOK), Kubo (tomorrow, vs YOK), Ando (Thursday, vs YOK), Standridge (Friday, vs YOM), and Akiyama (Saturday, vs YOM).  The start on Sunday could go to Messenger on four-days of rest, but the Tigers also have other options at Ni-gun like Naohisa Sugiyama and Hirotaka EgusaNaoto Tsuru (recently moved to the bullpen), could also start that game.