...There are currently no plans of canceling any games at the Koshien due to the Swine Flu.
...The Tigers might be preparing to acquire a new foreigner to pick up the slack (Kevin Mench doesn't appear to be the asnwer). Rumors abound that the team could be interested in players like Julio Zuleta, Craig Brazell, and Tyrone Woods, but it's speculation at the moment.
...Jet balloons have been banned at Koshien Stadium for the time being.
...Nobuhiko Matsunaka, held out of the line-up since May 14th due to tightness in his back, was seen taking batting practice on Monday for the first time since he was held out of the line-up; he followed that up with some soft toss. Matsunaka is still listed as day-to-day.
...The team will refrain from selling "jet balloons" for the time being and will ask fans not to let any go during home games. They will also be running service announcement during the game to remind fans to wash / disinfect their hands and gargle.
...Jet balloons will be temporarily banned at Swallows' home games (Jingu Stadium) starting the 24th when the team plays host to the Softbank Hawks.
...Up to 57 night games during inter-league play will rely on clean energy to power the lights.
...Former Yakult Swallows pitcher Hiromu Matsuoka has been chosen to manage the newly added Mie Three Arrows of the Kansai Independent League next year. Yukio Fujinami and Hiroyuki Maehara were also signed on as coaches.
...The NPB, Japan Amatetur Baseball Association, Japan Student Baseball Association, and the Japan High School Baseball Federation got together for a meeting on Monday and agreed on holding the annual amateur draft on October 29th. The meeting also covered other topics like how Japan Baseball will proceed moving forward. The Amateur groups also agreed to cooperate with the NPB regarding their desire to investigate the issue of MLB teams sending scouts to check on amateur players.