=== 10:08pm JST
...Yoshinori Sato threw 262 pitches during his bullpen session on Thursday. Yoshinori didn't exactly aim for throwing 262 pitches and instead ended up throwing 262 pitches because he couldn't throw 5 consecutive strikes.
It was the most he has ever thrown in one session during his pro career.
...Tony Barnette held a bullpen session on Thursday and tossed 58 pitches (including his change).
...Norichika Aoki stood in against some pitchers (Hiromitsu Takagi, Barnette, Ryo Kawashima, and Masato Nakazawa) throwing bullpen sessions on Thursday to get a better feel for live pitching.
...The Swallows found out on Wednesday that Eulo De La Cruz hit another bump in the road on his way to Japan. He was originally set to arrive in Japan on the 4th but plane troubles grounded him and it seems he now won't be getting in until the 6th (at the earliest).
...After situational fielding practice on Wednesday, Shigeru Takada got the outfielders together explain why fielding with both hands can help for quicker transfers to the throwing hand.
...Masanori Ishikawa told reporters that he'd like to record at least one complete game a month during the regular season to give the bullpen some rest.
=== 2/4/2010 9:55am JST
...Hirotoshi Ishii continues to make his comeback from left shoulder problems (including a surgery back in 2006). On Wednesday, he threw 64 pitches (including his curve and slider) to a squatting catcher. A Giants' advanced scout was impressed with Ishii's outing and said that he would have to keep an eye on him.
With Ryota Igarashi gone, the Swallows are hoping Ishii will be able to step into the set-up role.
Ishii is hoping to hold three bullpen sessions during the second session.
...Yoshinori Sato threw roasted soybeans on Wednesday at Swallows' camp. He jokingly told reporters that he threw roasted soybeans before, only to get blisters on his finger. Of course, the joke makes no sense unless you know that roasted soybeans and blisters are both called mame (マメ) in Japanese.