Junji Ogawa and the players and staff visited Meiji Jingu today and prayed for a successful season.
Ogawa told reporters that 3rd round draft pick Wataru Hiyane made the opening day roster.
Yoshinori Sato is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Toda on March 29. Pitching coach Tomohito Ito told reporters that they may have to reconsider his first regular season start if he does not have a good outing.
Sports Hochi figures Yoshinori is out and that the Swallows will go likely with a five-man rotation of Masanori Ishikawa, Kyohei Muranaka, Katsuki Akagawa, Shohei Tateyama, and Orlando Roman for the time being.