Breaking News: Tokyo Swallows hit by the flu

It's flu season in JapanReason to weep: it was reported that several key members of the Swallows are reportedly out of action due to the flu.

The sickened crew includes none other than tomorrow’s intended starter, Takagi, as well as the team’s number four starter, Yuki.

Rounding out the bout of bad news is infielder Noguchi also joining the list of players quarantined by the club.

Noguchi, as you’ll remember, played in last night’s game, so there’s a chance that the bug could hit other players on the first team.

So who’s left to start? You’re not going to like the answer to that question.

Muranaka and Yoshinori are the last logical choices in terms of number of games started this season. The only other option would be Oshimoto, but he has already pitched in the first two games of the series.

Matsui and Hashimoto could enter the picture if the aforementioned players come down with the flu as well.

Basically, if you want to know the long and short of it, the Swallows are in big, big trouble!

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  • Yep, I saw this news with quite a degree of horror.

    It’s going to be Yoshinori tonight I think……..

    Yes indeed, trouble we are in.

  • flick

    Sorry, didn’t see this post before posting about the flu in the Game 2 thread.
    Kawamoto and Kinugawa apparently had fevers yesterday after the game as well…

    • It seems like they’re falling pretty fast.

      As you said in your other comment, it looks like we’re going to see the return of Aikawa this evening.

      My lord is this terrible timing or what……..

  • Kutabare Yomiuri

    Look on the bright side. Takada is sick too. That should be enough motivation for some players to step it up and hopefully it will eliminate the bogus decisions….actually worse yet, he could be calling in dellerium soaked calls from the club house….oh no. If we can get some offensive support behind yoshinori we could just pull it off. Had a dream last night we won this game 168-9. And it shall be done.

  • This could very be a stunt by the NPB commissioner or the media, Central League. Someone. A biological weapon in order to increase revenues as people who are in the baseball business would rather see Dragons vs Giants in a final show down. How sad, they should be ashamed of themselves.