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Yakult Swallows: February 20, 2012

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

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 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)


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 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.


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.