Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

[2/14/2014] Yakult Swallows News and Notes

by on Feb.14, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Opening day starter candidates include Yasuhiro Ogawa, Masanori Ishikawa, and Shohei Tateyama.  Ogawa is scheduled to get starts on the 19th (practice game against Chunichi) and 26th (practice game against Seibu).  Ishikawa will likely get an exhibition game start on the 22nd against Rakuten.  Tateyama should get a practice game start against Lotte on the 25th.  Junji Ogawa will most likely select his opening day starter some time after the 25th and before the end of the month.

Source: Sanspo 2/14/2014

===

Hiroyasu Tanaka worked out on his day off on Friday.  He spent some time in the cages against a pitching machine and swung at about 200 pitches.

Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2014

===

Ryota Yachi also worked out on his day off on Friday.  He took about 150 swings in the cages against a pitching machine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014

===

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama is tweaking his swing -- he is moving from an open stance to a closed stance and is trying to hit the ball toward right with an inside-out swing.

Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2014