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Yakult Swallows: Naoya Okamoto makes the team

by on Jul.25, 2011 @ 11:07 am, under NPB

The Yakult Swallows have decided to sign Naoya Okamoto after two days of tryouts.  They are expected to make an announcement within the next couple of days.

Okamoto tossed a bullpen session on Saturday and tossed situational BP on Sunday.  During his BP outing, Okamoto faced 6 batters, topped out at 145km/h, and appeared to have a rough time getting lefties out (he gave up a homer to Shinichi Takeuchi and a single to Atsushi Fujimoto) but still impressed the coaches enough with the movement on his pitches.

UPDATE 7/26 @ 6:05pm - The Swallows officially announced today that they signed Okamoto.

UPDATE 7/28 @ 12:45am - Okamoto's contract is apparently worth 7M yen.  He was also assigned the number 46. A press conference formally announcing the agreement was made at Jingu Stadium on Wednesday (7/27).