The Swallows practice game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Stadium was canceled due to poor ground conditions.
Kentaro Kyuko (coming back from surgery on his left hand to correct blood flow problems) could re-join the Ichi-gun roster some time around March 16. But before that happens, he will need to show the coaches he is ready by pitching in two to three games at Ni-gun.
Orlando Roman turned in a solid performance against the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday: 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 SO, 1 BB. Wladimir Balentien did not: 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. As of now, these two players are basically battling it out for the fourth foreign player spot on the active roster.
And speaking of Roman, he is apparently hooked on basashi (raw horse meat) and has asked the club to prepare some for him before each of his starts. The team is willing, so long as he pitches well.