=== 2/25/2010 12:24am JST
...The Swallows announced on Wednesday that Keizo Kawashima will be undergoing surgery on his right elbow on 3/4.
...Masanori Ishikawa held a bullpen session on Wednesday. He is scheduled to start an exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on the 27th.
...Hirotoshi Ishii held a bullpen session on Wednesday. He"ll likely throw another bullpen on the 26th before pitching BP sometime on or after the 28th.
...Notes from Wednesday's practice game against the Rakuten Eagles:
Tony Barnette started and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and a strikeout over 3 innings of work.
Yasuhiro Ichiba tossed 3 shutout inning in relief and gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 2.
Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi pitched 3 innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, a walk, and 3 strike outs.
Yuhei Nakamura went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI.
Takahiro Araki went 2-for-3 with 1 RBI.
The Swallows offense banged out 14 hits.
The Eagles beat the Swallows, 8-6.
...The Swallows made a couple of base running mistakes against the Eagles. In the 9th inning, Shingo Kawabata was looking to bunt the ball but got a pitch that was outside. The runner on second was caught napping and was thrown out by the catcher. In the same inning, with 2 outs, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (runner on first) mis-read a double and briefly paused on his way to third. That pause didn't allow the batter-runner to get to second.
=== 2/24/2010 1:11pm JST
...Tetsuya Yamamoto and Keizo Kawashima are scheduled for further testing at a hospital in Gunma on Wednesday. Both players will be getting their right elbows checked out.
Masakazu Fukukawa was demoted to Ni-gun with pain in his left flank. Tomohito Yoneno was called up in his place.
...Shohei Tateyama threw 97 pitches to a squatting catcher in a bullpen session on Tuesday.
...Masato Nakazawa held a bullpen session on Tuesday and threw 70 pitches in preparation for his start on the 25th against the Hanwha Eagles.