Dec 4, 2014

Swallows re-sign veteran reliever Barnette

Tokyo Yakult Swallows closer Tony Barnette has re-signed for the 2015 season, the Central League club announced Thursday. In an injury-shortened season, the 31-year-old Barnette, who was deactivated on Sept. 23 due to strained left oblique muscles, worked 33 games with a 1-2 record ...

Feb 12, 2014

Balentien to face unlawful entry charge

Wladimur Balentien, who was arrested on charges of domestic violence and false imprisonment in January, will be prosecuted on lesser charges, Tokyo Yakult Swallows president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa revealed Wednesday. Speaking at the team’s spring training base, Kinugasa revealed that prosecutors in Florida will pursue ...

Jan 28, 2014

Swallows slugger Balentien returns to Japan

Wladimir Balentien, who was arrested in Florida this month on charges of domestic violence, arrived in Japan on Tuesday in time for the start of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ spring training. The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges following an incident with his ...

Balentien allowed to travel to Japan

Jan 25, 2014

Balentien allowed to travel to Japan

Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien, freed on bail following his Jan. 13 arrest in Miami on domestic violence charges, will join the team from the first day of spring camp on Feb. 1, club president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa said Saturday. “His innocence has not ...

Jan 16, 2014

Swallows' Balentien released on bail

Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien, who last year broke the Japanese home runs record, was released on bail on Wednesday following his arrest on charges of domestic violence. Balentien paid $50,000 bail and must stay away from his wife, Karla. The 29-year-old is ...