Norichika Aoki should be ok to play in tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants. Seems the day off yesterday was all he needed. Incidentally, Sponichi is reporting that Aoki is currently thinking about getting a better shin protector. The one Aoki currently uses is worn underneath the uniform and it seems the one he's looking into now is bigger and is worn outside of the uniform.
In other team-related news:
Masanori Ishikawa will be appearing in a Suzuki commercial that will be shown only in his hometown region of Akita. He's also likely in line for a start on the 11th against the Giants.
Yoshinori Sato will likely get the start on the 12th against the Giants. He'll be looking to become the first Swallows' pitcher since Yoichi Okabayashi in 1994 to toss three consecutive complete game victories.