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Yakult Swallows: July 6, 2010

by on Jul.06, 2010 @ 4:52 pm, under NPB

11:24pm JST

...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.

4:52pm JST

...Masato Nakazawa will likely get tomorrow's start against the Hanshin Tigers.  It'll be Nakazawa's first start at Koshien Stadium since the summer of 2002 (when he was in high school).

...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.