...Norichika Aoki will be using his new maple bat during exhibition games. Aoki will likely get two at bats in the three hole against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Saturday.
...Shohei Tateyama, Masanori Ishikawa, Yoshinori Sato, and Kyohei Muranaka will all likely have spots in opening day the starting rotation. Tony Barnette, Ryo Kawashima, Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi, Yasuhiro Ichiba, Masato Nakazawa are all vying for the remaining spots.
...With Hirotoshi Ishii out, the Swallows are hoping either Takehiko Oshimoto and Kenichi Matsuoka will step up.
...Ryo Kawashima tossed a bullpen session on Friday and came away with dirt on his right knee. He told reporters that if he's properly using his lower body, his right knee will get dirty.
...An additional note from Thursday's practice game against the Hanwha Eagles:
Nakazawa topped out at 141km/h.
...Kazuhiro Hatakeyama made another running miscue during Thursday's game: with a runner on first and no out, he hit a single into right; the right-fielder threw the ball in toward third and Hatakayama thought he had a shot at second and kept going but stop when he realized he wouldn't make it; by then it was too late and he was thrown out try to get back to first. Shigeru Takada apparently scolded Hatakeyama and told him he should have known better.