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[5/22/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Orix

by on May.22, 2013 @ 6:36 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani could make his debut as a pitcher/hitter either against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome (June 5, 6) or Yakult at Jingu (June 8, 9).  If/when he does, he will most likely bat seventh in the line-up.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/22/2013

Otani threw twenty-four pitches in the bullpen today at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/22/2013

Seibu Lions

According to Sponichi, the San Diego Padres may have an interest in Kazuhisa Makita.  Makita has said in the past that if given the opportunity, would like a shot to pitch in the Majors at some point in the future.

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shota Takeda was taken off the active roster today to get extra work at Ni-gun.  Vicente Padilla will most likely get his start on the 26th against Yakult at Jingu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2013

Rakuten Eagles

In ten starts against pitchers born in 1988 (his birth year), Masahiro Tanaka is 9-0.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2013

Orix Buffaloes

If 1st round draft pick Takahiro Matsuba continues to pitch well, the Buffaloes may release some merchandise with his name on it.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2013