Tokyo Swallows Off-Season Updates: February 10, 2012

Everybody's favorite second baseman.

Top team players have the day off today, and the following is a small selection of some of the news coming out of Urasoe (Okinawa) since our last roundup on February 1st:

  • Atsushi Fujimoto suffered a calf strain during practice on the 6th and will be taking it easy for the next few weeks.
  • Hitoshi Yamamoto got demoted to the farm team camp following the discovery of some swelling in his elbow. Off-season acquisition, Tatsuo Kinoshita, was promoted to first team camp to fill the void.
  • The team’s new fancy-shmancy pitching machine which is worth a reported 2.5 million yen broke before anyone had a chance to use it.
  • Lastings Milledge, Tokyo’s new MLB import, looks a bit like Japanese veteran comedian Tetsuro Degawa according to the media.

And below is some footage of infield fielding practice from a couple days ago:

 

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About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo’s more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it’s a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini