• Kyodo


A day after leg cramps prevented Shohei Otani from throwing a complete game, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters youngster said Thursday he was eager to swing the bat despite his skipper’s reservations.

Otani, who will turn 20 on July 5, splits his time between the mound, where the right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 11 games, and the batter’s box. The left-handed hitter plays right field and is batting .271 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 96 at-bats.

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