...Nikkan Sports doesn't make any mention of Shun Takaichi joining the starting rotation as Sponichi did. Instead, they seem to think Takaichi will be used out of the bullpen.
...Shun Takaichi could be joining the Swallows' rotation as the 6th man. As such, his first start of the year could come on the 20th against the Hiroshima Carp.
...Koki Watanabe's debut (as a reliever) with the Swallows could come during a three game series against the Yomiuri Giants that begins on the 22nd.
...The Swallows have invited Antonio Inoki to be a special guest during a game on the 26th. The Swallows will be attempting to set a World Record for the most number of people toasting at one place on the 26th and felt that having Antonio Inoki around would help the cause (they'll need to attract more than 26,564 in order to break the current mark that was set on 12/31/2009 in Portugal).