...Notes from Thursday's practice game against the Hanwha Eagles:
Masato Nakazawa started and gave up a run on 3 hits (including a HR) and 3 walks over 4 innings of work. He also struck out 6.
Rafael Fernandes allowed 1 run (on a homer) on 2 hits, a walk, and 2 strike outs over 2 innings of work.
Eulo De La Cruz tossed a scoreless inning in his relief and gave up 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strike out.
Yasushi Iihara started in center and batted 3rd; he went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Atsushi Fujimoto started at short and batted 7th; he hit a solo homer in the 7th.
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama started at first and batted 5th; he went 2-for-3.
The offense combined for 10 hits in all.
The Swallows beat the Eagles, 5-3.
...Hirotoshi Ishii lacerated his right big toe when he tried to swim in a training pool on Wednesday. Ishii needed 4 stitches to close the cut and will require 10 days to 2 weeks before the stitches can be removed. He will now head back to Tokyo.
There's a very good chance Ishii won't be ready in time to make the opening day starting roster.
...Additional notes from Wednesday's practice game against the Rakuten Eagles:
Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi topped out at 146km/h.
Yuhei Nakamura hit an RBI double in the 2nd and a 2-run triple in the 5th.
...Ni-gun camp has the day off Thursday.