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Yakult Swallows: February 20, 2012

by on Feb.20, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Monday

  • Yoshinori Sato faced four batters during batting practice and allowed five could-be hits on sixty-six pitches.  In addition to a bullpen session he also threw, Yoshinori threw about 150 pitches. (Sports Hochi, Nikkan Sports)

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The Ni-gun Swallows had the day off today.

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Kazuki Fukuchi worked out at Ichi-gun camp in Urasoe today.  Fukuchi had been working out at Ni-gun camp.

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According to Nikkan Sports... The Swallows rotation could end up being: Masanori IshikawaShohei TateyamaYoshinori SatoKyohei MuranakaTatsuyoshi Masubuchi, and Katsuki Akagawa.  The four foreign players spots could go to: Chang-Yong LimTony Barnette, and Lastings Milledge.  But it is possible Orlando Roman could squeak in at the last minute.

Junji Ogawa told reporters on Sunday that Roman could win himself a regular season start during the team's opening series against the Yomiuri Giants (March 30 - April 1).

Roman will most likely get another chance to pitch during an exhibition game against Hanshin on February 25.

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Through Sunday, 3rd round draft pick Wataru Hiyane had six stolen bases in five practice games.  If Hiyane cracks the opening day line-up, he will become the thirteenth rookie to do so in franchise history.  The last rookie to do it was Takahiro Araki in 2010.