...Junji Ogawa is considering a move to put Norichika Aoki in the two hole. Said Ogawa, "The number 2 hitter needs to be able to a lot of things, and for me, when I work out the line-up, I start with the number 2 hitter. And that's why I think Aoki could be a good number 2 hitter."
...Tony Barnette worked out with the starting pitchers on Thursday. Seems the Swallows might be thinking about inserting him back into the rotation.
...Chang-Yong Lim could rejoin the Ichi-gun roster as early as the 6th (vs Chiba Lotte Marines), dependent on how he feels today. Said Lim, "My knee is fine. I'm ready to go."