The Hawks are thinking about Kenji Otonari back to the starting rotation -- he was taken off the active roster today in order to begin the conversion process at Ni-gun. The Hawks will like to have him ready to rejoin the rotation in July when they play 9 games in a row.
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Sponichi is concerned about Yuki Saito making the All-Star roster, primarily because he probably won't be able to pitch (at Ichi-gun) before the voting deadline at the end of June.
The Fighters will be wearing their road uniforms during a 3-game home series against the Seibu Lions that begins on 7/15.
Chihiro Kaneko could make his first Ichi-gun start of the season as early as on 6/4 (vs Hiroshima).
Satoshi Nagai will probably start tonight's game against the Hiroshima Carp. Nagai will be pitching on 5 days of rest for the first time this season. He's also still looking for his first start since becoming a father on 5/20.