...Josh Whitesell was hit by a pitch on his right knee in tonight's game against the Hanshin Tigers (Jason Standridge was pitching at the time). Whitesell was promptly replaced by a pinch-runner and taken to a local hospital where tests did not reveal any damage to the bones.
...The Swallows have Jamie D'Antona, Aaron Guiel, and Josh Whitesell on the active roster. But at some point this week, they'll probably call up Tony Barnette for a start. That means one of the three aforementioned players will need to be demoted (Chang-Yong Lim is the player taking up the fourth foreign player spot). According to Sponichi, it seems D'Antona could be the odd man out. Sanspo thinks it'll be a toss-up between D'Antona and Guiel. In either case, the next few games will be crucial for all three position players.