The Swallows worked out for about two hours at Sapporo Dome today.
Shinya Miyamoto will likely begin playing third base starting from Saturday (instead of DH).
Wladimir Balentien had his right elbow examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday. While the team did not inform the press what kind of injury Balentien suffered, it does not appear to be serious. The Swallows did, however, decide not to take him on their road trip to Sapporo this weekend.
The injury, coupled with his slow start could mean that Balentien begins the season at Ni-gun.
Masanori Ishikawa (tightness in left calf) currently plans on participating in the March 10 charity game. Said Ishikawa, "I will toss a bullpen session sometime around the 5th. I should be fine by the 10th."
1st round draft pick Ryuhei Kawakami attended his high school graduation on Thursday.