Swallows deactivate Yamada
The Yakult Swallows deactivated superstar second baseman Tetsuto Yamada on Monday. It was the first time he was dropped since Aug. 10, 2016, after he was hit in the back by a pitch that sent his career into a two-year tailspin.
Yamada had sat out the games from July 15 to 17 and was out again on July 23.
“He’s greatly fatigued, so we’re resting him,” Swallows manager Shingo Takatsu said according to Kyodo News in Japanese.
The Swallows also dropped veteran outfielder Yuhei Takai.
Following his least effective outing as a pro on Sunday, the Nippon Ham Fighters deactivated rookie left-hander Ryusei Kawano.
Active roster moves 7/27/2020
Deactivated players can be re-activated from 8/6