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Yakult Swallows: January 14, 2012

by on Jan.15, 2012 @ 12:31 am, under NPB

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama worked out at the Toda training facilities in Saitama on Saturday.  His workouts included playing catch, weight training, and running.

Hatakeyama also accidentally hit a Fuji TV camera while playing catch and destroyed the lens filter (about 10,000 yen).  The actual lens was also slightly damaged (about 2.5M yen), but still serviceable.


The Swallows now have five foreign players on the roster: Chang-Yong LimTony Barnette, Orlando Roman, Wladimir Balentien, and Lastings Milledge.  As of know, it appears as though Lim, Balentien, and Milledge will fill the first three foreign roster spots with Barnette and Roman competing for the final spot.


Amongst the intro song candidates the Swallows are considering for Roman: Kome Kome Club's Roman Hiko and CCB's Romatic-ga Tomoranai.


1st round draft pick Ryuhei Kawakami finished in 6th (out of a possible seven) during a 1,500 meter run that took place during training camp for the 2011 draft class on Friday.  His time: 5 minutes and 42 seconds.