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[2/28/2014] Yakult Swallows News and Notes

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 5:59 am, under NPB

Quick Notes

  • 3rd round draft pick Ryo Akiyoshi and 4th round draft pick Keiji Iwahashi are each scheduled to pitch three innings in an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on March 11.  Source: Sanspo 2/28/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will most likely be named the opening day starter.  He is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Orix on March 5.  Source: Sponichi 2/28/2014
  • Construction of the new indoor training building at Ni-gun Toda was recently completed.  The Swallows held a safety prayer ceremony on Friday.  The new facilities are about two times larger than the previous space.  Source: official announcement

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1st round draft pick Toshihiro Sugiura complained of pain in his right elbow before Tuesday's practice game against Lotte.  He took things slow during workouts and was monitored over the last two days.  His exhibition game start against Orix on March 5 was scratched because the pain was not going away.  He will part ways with the Ichi-gun team and will likely be examined within the next few days.

The Swallows have not set a timetable on Sugiura.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2014