Tokyo Roster Update – 8/14/09

Shun Takaichi (no. 14)The newest faces on the Tokyo Swallows first team roster are pitcher Yusuke Kajimoto (no. 39)Shun Takaichi (no. 14) and infielder Yusuke Kajimoto (no. 39).

Takaichi had seen some time on the first team earlier this season before spending about three months on the farm team. His first two appearances of the season comprised a total of eight innings during which time he gave up six earned runs and found himself carrying a 6.75 ERA.

He apparently was 4-5 with a 4.66 ERA in 12 appearances for the farm team since mid-May.

The 25-year-old third year player from Chiba prefecture went straight into last night’s game as Tokyo’s starting pitcher. The results were amusing.

Kajimoto is a switch-hitter who has been a consistent contributor to the farm team this season. Before last night’s game, the Osaka native had not logged an official at-bat with the first team yet this season. He’s been hitting .290 for the Swallows farm team while appearing in 59 games so far.

Takaichi and Kajimoto replace Jamie D’Antona and Toshihiro Nakao on the first team roster. D’Antona has been removed from the first team due to a leg injury sustained in Wednesday night’s game. Nakao was dropped for no apparent reason.

Here is Tokyo’s current starting roster as of August 13th, 2009:

Pitchers: Yoshinori, Lim, Muranaka, Ishikawa, Matsuoka, Yuuki, Hagiwara, Kamada, Ichiba, Lee, Igarashi, Oshimoto, Takaichi

Catchers: Aikawa, Yoneno, Kawamoto

Infielders: Kawashima, Kajimoto, Miyamoto, Tanaka, Hatakeyama, Kawabata, Noguchi

Outfielders: Fukuchi, Guiel, Takeuchi, Iihara, Aoki

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