• Kyodo


The Tokyo Yakult Swallows announced Friday that they have acquired former major league pitcher Jordan Norberto Armengot, who spent the past two seasons with the Chunichi Dragons.

The 31-year-old Dominican, who previously was known as Jordan Norberto, has registered under the surname Armengot with the Swallows. He signed a one-year contract for $650,000 (about ¥72 million) and will wear No. 40.

“He can pitch as both a starter and a reliever,” said MasayukiOkumura, the Swallows’ international director. “He will be helpful because he can play multiple roles.”

This season, the lefty went 6-4 with a 2.30 ERA. He has played in 40 overall games for Chunichi, including 32 starts, going 12-10 with a 3.50 ERA.

Armengot suited up for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and the Oakland Athletics in 2011 and 2012.

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