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NPB: Ichiba traded to Swallows for Miyade; and more

by on Mar.23, 2009 @ 11:56 am, under NPB

HANSHIN TIGERS

...Tomoaki Kanemoto and Takahiro Arai were practicing at the indoor training facilities near Koshien Stadium on Monday. Both players should be in the line-up against the Softbank Hawks on Tuesday.

Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi is scheduled to start that game.

...With only 10 days left before the start of the season, there's a chance Akihiro Yano may not be ready. He was originally scheduled to join the team with Arai, Kanemoto, and Shimoyanagi, but is still working on preparing himself.

RAKUTEN GOLDEN EAGLES

...Hiroyasu Ichiba (SP) was traded to the Yakult Swallows for Ryuji Miyade (OF).

Methinks this trade will end up helping the Swallows more than it does the Eagles (at least in the long run). Ichiba is a 26 year-old righty with a lot of up-side and it gives the Swallows another young pitcher for the rotation.

Said Nomura, "I thought a change of scenery would be good for him. Especially since I think he's capable of becoming a good pitcher."

YOMIURI GIANTS

...Takahiro Suzuki will be the starting centerfielder and bat lead-off on Opening Day for the Giants.

OTHER

...Eri Yoshida will not be making her scheduled appearance on the 24th against the Kishu Rangers due to pain in her right shoulder.