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Shohei Otani News and Notes: December 15, 2012

by on Dec.15, 2012 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB

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Hideki Kuriyama is already thinking about a possible match-up between 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani and Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin Tigers 1st round draft pick).  The Tigers and Fighters are scheduled to play an exhibition game on February 23 (as well as on March 9; they are also scheduled to play a practice game on February 10).  However, it could be with Otani as a hitter instead of a pitcher.

"We are concerned about injuries, so we do not want to push him too hard," said Kuriyama.  "I am not sure about a pitching duel, but a hitting match-up is possible.  It is our job to create situations that can please the fans.  I will of course, consider it."

Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012Sanspo 12/15/2012Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

The Fighters are ok with Otani having a girlfriend, but will place a ban on nightlife activities (which is understandable since he is still considered a minor).  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

Yu Darvish's old dorm room could become Otani's room.

"It only seems natural.  The room is open, so there is no problem there.  After all, we also gave him the number eleven because we have high expectations," said a team official.  Source: Sponichi 12/15/2012