Shingo Kawabata could end up batting fifth and starting at short during the season this year.
The Swallows finished exhibition play with the best record for the first time in forty-one years.
Masanori Ishikawa started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Saturday and gave up a run on two hits over five innings of work. He also threw fifty-seven pitches and struck out eight.
Shohei Tateyama is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 28 before making his first start of the regular season during a three game series against the Hanshin Tigers (at Jingu) that begins on April 3.