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[3/3/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.04, 2014 @ 12:33 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao ended his outing as batting practice pitcher on Sunday after throwing twelve pitches because he felt some tightness in his shoulder.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014  Nikkan Sports says it was tightness in his right elbow.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Michihiro Ogasawara's locker is next to Kazuhiro Wada's.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Akinori Iwamura joined Ichi-gun workouts at Jingu on Monday.  He will most likely play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Orix at either first or designated hitter.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • The Swallows announced that Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa and singer/songwriter Masashi Sada will be guests on opening day.  Ichikawa will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Sada will sing the national anthem.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien returned the first baseman's mitt he was borrowing from Junji Ogawa on Sunday.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

[3/2/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Name Type Date NP Notes
Takuya Asao BP 3/2 12 Faced Shuhei Takahashi and Yuto Morikoshi; including breaking pitches; allowed two could-be hits.  Sanspo 3/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014


Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 5th round draft pick Taiki Sekine will be sent down to Ni-gun after going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday's exhibition game against Chunichi.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/2/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien was originally slated to start Sunday's exhibition game at first, but was instead the designated hitter.  The experiment to move him to first likely ended with him returning to the outfield.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

[3/1/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • 2nd round draft pick Katsuki Matayoshi is scheduled to pitch in Sunday's game against Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Shota Suzuki attended his high school graduation on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masaya Emura and Katsuki Akagawa were sent down to Ni-gun for more work.  Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014
  • The new indoor training facility at Ni-gun Toda cost about 500 million yen.  The size of the space increased from 589 square meters to 1,160 square meters.  Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014


Wladimir Balentien will not be traveling with the team for road exhibition games against Orix (March 5-6 at Kyocera Dome) and Hiroshima (March 8-9 in Fukuyama and Mazda Stadium).  He will remain in Tokyo and continue his workouts.

There is a good chance Balentien will end up returning to the outfield after another rough day at first on Saturday.

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014, Sports Hochi 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/2014Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/2014

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

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


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

[2/27/2014] Yakult Swallows News and Notes

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 4:32 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • Shohei Tateyama's right elbow was examined at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gunma on Thursday.  No problems were found.  He will most likely resume workouts at Ni-gun.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien has had difficulties at first, but will most likely get a few more chances to show that he can handle the conversion this year -- February 27 vs Softbank and March 1 and 2 vs Yomiuri.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014, Sponichi 2/27/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa's practice game start against Seibu on Wednesday was rained out.  His next outing will likely come against Yomiuri on either March 1 or 2.  Source: Sanpso 2/27/2014
  • Tetsuto Yamada received a pair of Springblade training shoes from Adidas on Wednesday.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Yakult Swallows News and Notes

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:19 am, under NPB
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Shohei Tateyama left Tuesday's practice game against Lotte with discomfort in his right elbow.  He left Miyazaki on the 26th and will be examined at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gunma on the 27th as a precaution.

Tateyama was planning to change his workload from pitching on four days of rest to six days of rest and increasing his pitch counts from thirty to fifty to seventy.  Those plans have been shelved for the time being.

Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014 Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014, Sponichi 2/26/2014


Tony Barnette will return to the United States on the 27th because his wife is giving birth.

Source: Sponichi 2/26/2014

[2/25/2015] Yakult Swallows New and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:38 am, under NPB
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Shohei Tateyama started a practice game against Lotte on Tuesday.  He retired the first hitter on a ground out to second and then started feeling discomfort in his right elbow after walking the second batter he faced.  He took himself out of the game after facing two batters (twelve pitches).  He was examined by the team trainer and later told reporters it was nothing major and that it was just some discomfort.  He also played some catch to check on his arm.

The outing was Tateyama's first since April 5, 2013 (he had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in April 2013).

Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014, Sponichi 2/25/2014, Sports Hochi 2/25/2014

[2/22/2014] Yakult Swallows News and Notes

by on Feb.23, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Wladimir Balentien 2/21 36 2 over the fence.  Sanspo 2/22/2014


Quick Notes


Wladimir Balentien used Junji Ogawa's first baseman's mitt during fielding practice on Friday.  The mitt still needs to be broken in, since it was made last year.  Ogawa offered him the glove because he was having problems with his defense and thought it might have something to do with the glove.  The new glove apparently did not help.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2014