|Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice|
The Ni-gun Swallows had the day off today.
Kazuki Fukuchi worked out at Ichi-gun camp in Urasoe today. Fukuchi had been working out at Ni-gun camp.
According to Nikkan Sports... The Swallows rotation could end up being: Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, Yoshinori Sato, Kyohei Muranaka, Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi, and Katsuki Akagawa. The four foreign players spots could go to: Chang-Yong Lim, Tony 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.
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.