Nippon Ham Fighters
1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's next start will likely come on June 1 against Chunichi at Sapporo Dome.
"It is tentative. We have to consider how [Otani] is feeling physically. ... But as of now, there is a good chance [his next start] will be on June 1. He looks fine out there and I think he can handle it," said Hideki Kuriyama to reporters on Tuesday.
The Lions announced that Brian Sikorski returned to the US to get his right knee (meniscus) cleaned out. He could return to the team as early as August.
Shun Tono joined the Ichi-gun team for pre-game practice on Tuesday -- he threw about eighty pitches and ran some dashes. He gave up three runs over seven innings of work during a Ni-gun tune-up start against Softbank on the 22nd.
Source: Sponichi 5/28/2013