Tokyo Yakult Swallows (東京ヤクルトスワローズ)
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[2/24/2018] Kentaro Kyuko returns to Tokyo with an irregular heartbeat

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Kentaro Kyuko left Okinawa camp and returned to Tokyo because he was not feeling well. He was pulled from a practice game against the Yomiuri Giants on February 21 with an irregular heartbeat and again for the same reason from a situational batting practice scrimmage on February 23.

Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2018, Sanspo 2/24/2018, Sports Hochi 24/2018

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[2/6/2018] Yakult Swallows hold press conference for Norichika Aoki

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference for Norichika Aoki at a hotel in Naha, Okinawa on February 6. He was assigned the uniform number 23.

Aoki started his career with the Swallows after he was selected in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He won three batting titles before he left for the Majors via the posting system after the 2011 season. Aoki spent two years in Milwaukee before bouncing around six different MLB teams over four seasons.

Aoki returns to the Swallows after recording 774 hits, 98 stolen bases, and a slash line of .285/.350/.387 in 759 MLB games.

Source: Yakult 2/6/2018, Sports Hochi 2/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018, Tokyo Sports 2/6/2018


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[1/31/2018] Yofuku-no Aoyama to supply Yakult with suits

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Yofuku-no Aoyama will be their official suit supplier this season. They are the fifth team to sign an agreement with Yofuku-no Aoyama. The other four are Rakuten, Softbank, Nippon Ham, and Orix.

Source: Yakult 1/31/2018

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[1/31/2018] Akihisa Nishida reassigned to Ni-gun camp

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Akihisa Nishida will be reassigned to Ni-gun spring camp due to an injury to his right leg.

Source: Sponichi 1/31/2018, Sports Hochi 1/31/2018

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[1/30/2018] Norichika Aoki could return to Yakult with three-year deal

According to media reports from this morning, there is a good chance thirty-six-year-old Norichika Aoki will return to the Yakult Swallows with a three-year deal that could be worth an estimated one billion yen and his old uniform number 23. An official announcement could be made soon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2018, ZakZak 1/30/2018, Daily Sports 1/30/2018, Daily Sports 1/30/2018, Sanspo 1/30/2018, Sponichi 1/30/2018, Sponichi 1/30/2018

[UPDATE 2/4 @ 2:05am]

The Swallows announced on February 3 that they will hold a press conference for Aoki on January 6. He is slated to join spring camp on February 7.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2018, Daily Sports 2/3/2018

[UPDATE 2/6 @ 1:04am]

Aoki finalized his contract with the Swallows on February 5. He traveled to Okinawa on the same day and was greeted by about 200 fans at Naha Airport. He will attend a press conference on February 6 and join the team in Urasoe for spring camp on February 7.

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2018, Daily Sports 2/5/2018, Sponichi 2/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2018

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Yakult Swallows: 2018 Spring Camp

Yakult Swallows 2018 Spring Camp Details

Ichi-gun

February 1 (Thu) – 26 (Mon)
Days Off: February 6 (Thu), 13 (Tue), 19 (Mon)

Venue: Urasoe Stadium in Okinawa

Players

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 由規 Yoshinori Sato
P 石山 泰稚 Taichi Ishiyama
P 中尾 輝 Hikaru Nakao
P 秋吉 亮 Ryo Akiyoshi
P 大下 佑馬 Yuma Oshita
P 原 樹理 Juri Hara
P 寺島 成輝 Naruki Terashima
P 石川 雅規 Masanori Ishikawa
P 蔵本 治孝 Harutaka Kuramoto
P 久古 健太郎 Kentaro Kyuko
P ブキャナン David Buchanan
P 山田 大樹 Hiroki Yamada
P カラシティー Matt Carasiti
P 梅野 雄吾 Yugo Umeno
P アルメンゴ Jordan Armengot
P 岩橋 慶侍 Keiji Iwahashi
P ハフ David Huff
P 沼田 拓巳 Takumi Numata
P 中澤 雅人 Masato Nakazawa
P 近藤 一樹 Kazuki Kondo
C 西田 明央 Akihisa Nishida
C 松本 直樹 Naoki Matsumoto
C 中村 悠平 Yuhei Nakamura
C 古賀 優大 Yudai Koga
INF 山田 哲人 Tetsuto Yamada
INF 大引 啓次 Keiji Obiki
INF 西浦 直亨 Naomichi Nishiura
INF 川端 慎吾 Shingo Kawabata
INF 武内 晋一 Shinichi Takeuchi
INF 畠山 和洋 Kazuhiro Hatakeyama
INF 荒木 貴裕 Takahiro Araki
INF 廣岡 大志 Taishi Hirooka
INF 宮本 丈 Takeshi Miyamoto
INF 藤井 亮太 Ryota Fujii
INF 奥村 展征 Nobuyuki Okumura
OF バレンティン Wladimir Balentien
OF 塩見 泰隆 Yasutaka Shiomi
OF 山崎 晃大朗 Kotaro Yamasaki
OF 雄平 Yuhei Takai
OF 坂口 智隆 Tomotaka Sakaguchi
OF 上田 剛史 Tsuyoshi Ueda
OF 鵜久森 淳志 Atsushi Ugumori

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Ni-gun Camp

February 1 (Thu) – 24 (Sat)
Days Off: February 5 (Mon), 9 (Fri), 14 (Wed), 19 (Mon)

Venue: Saitobaru Sports Park Stadium in Miyazaki

Players

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 成瀬 善久 Yoshihisa Naruse
P 山本 哲哉 Tetsuya Yamamoto
P 松岡 健一 Kenichi Matsuoka
P 星 知弥 Tomoya Hoshi
P 館山 昌平 Shohei Tateyama
P 小川 泰弘 Yasuhiro Ogawa
P 菊沢 竜佑 Ryusuke Kikusawa
P 村中 恭兵 Kyohei Muranaka
P 高橋 奎二 Keiji Takahashi
P 金久保 優斗 Yuto Kanakubo
P 屋宜 照悟 Shogo Yagi
P 風張 蓮 Ren Kazahari
P 平井 諒 Ryo Hirai
P 山中 浩史 Hirofumi Yamanaka
P 田川 賢吾 Kengo Tagawa
P 古野 正人 Masato Furuno
P ジュリアス Julius Higuma
C 井野 卓 Suguru Ino
C 山川 晃司 Koji Yamakawa
C 大村 孟 Hajime Omura
INF 谷内 亮太 Ryota Yachi
INF 渡邉 大樹 Daiki Watanabe
INF 村上 宗隆 Munetaka Murakami
INF 三輪 正義 Masayoshi Miwa
INF 大松 尚逸 Shoitsu Omatsu
OF 比屋根 渉 Wataru Hiyane
OF 田代 将太郎 Shotaro Tashiro

Games


Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

Source: Yakult 1/23/2018, Yakult 1/23/2018

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Yuto Kanakubo: Did You Know

Weight

Kanakubo weight seventy-four kilograms in October 2017. He told reporters on January 22, 2018 that he managed to push his weight up to eighty-two kilograms by eating a lot of soba and through weights.

Source: Sanspo 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018

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Tomoya Hoshi: Did You Know

Relationships

Hoshi (23) filed marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman living in Tokyo on January 16.

Source: Sponichi 1/18/2018, Sanspo 1/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/18/2018

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Yasutaka Shiomi: Did You Know

Running

Shiomi ran the thirty-meter in 3.85 seconds during rookie workouts at Toda Stadium on January 16, 2018.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2018, Sponichi 1/17/2018, Daily Sports 1/17/2018

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Munetaka Murakami: Did You Know

2018

Murakami was drafted as a catcher, but the Yakult Swallows are planning to convert him to a third baseman.

Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2018, Sanspo 1/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2018


Running

Murakami ran the thirty-meter in 4.12 seconds during rookie workouts on January 19, 2018.

Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2018

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