Tokyo Roster Update — 8/18/09

Pitcher Shouhei Tateyama (no.28).Pitcher Shouhei Tateyama (no. 25) has returned to the top team after a brief spell on the farm. The right-handed ace was sent down after a shelling at the hands of the Giants, and his absence has been clearly evident as the replacement contingent hasn’t done a very good job of filling in for him.

In exchange, Kyouhei Muranaka has been sent down after several lackluster starts on the first team. In five starts, Muranaka was 0-4 with an 8.06 ERA.

The following are the 28 players currently listed on the first team roster (as of August 18th, 2009):

Pitchers: Yoshinori, Lim, Tateyama, Ishikawa, Matsuoka, Yuuki, Hagiwara, Matsui, Takagi, Ichiba, Lee, Igarashi, Oshimoto

Catchers: Aikawa, Yoneno, Kawamoto

Infielders: Kawashima, Kajimoto, Yoshimoto, 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