Balentien out for Swallows' season opener vs Tigers

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TOKYO, March 25 (21:28) Kyodo

Central League home run leader for the last two years Wladimir
Balentien will miss opening day this weekend with a torn left
adductor, manager Junji Ogawa said Monday.

Shortstop Shingo Kawabata will also miss Friday's game against
the Hanshin Tigers at Jingu Stadium, Ogawa said.

"The way I see it, Balentien is out and Kawabata is out," Ogawa
said. "We'll just have to pick up for one another."

Balentien suffered the injury while playing for the Netherlands
at the World Baseball Classic, helping the Dutch reach the final

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