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Yakult Swallows: March 22, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 4:19 am, under NPB

Shingo Kawabata is scheduled to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on Friday.


The Swallows attended a pep rally at Meiji Kinenkan on Thursday.  About 500 people attended.

The new members of the cheer-leading group, Passion, in addition to their new uniforms, were also introduced and unveiled.


Yakult held a general stockholder's meeting on Thursday and approved a number of personnel changes, which included both Tadashi Suzuki (advisor) and Katsutoshi Oki (executive director) stepping down from their posts.  Junsei Atarashi will take on Oki's position as chief of team operations.


Orlando Roman has not allowed a run over his last sixteen innings of work.  Wladimir Balentien's bat is also beginning to show signs of life: in his last five games he is 8-for-18 with two homers and seven RBI.

And with both players doing well, Nikkan Sports mentions that the Swallows might actually opt to demote Chang-Yong Lim.  In either case, the three players have three more exhibition games to prove they belong on the active roster.