Wladimir Balentien was supposed to return to the United States between May 6 and 11 for a court appearance. The Yakult Swallows announced today that their slugger was no longer required to leave the team during the regular season.
"We confirmed with his lawyer that his court appearance date was pushed back until after the season," explained team official Masayuki Okumura. "We are not sure who did it, but someone probably submitted a request. This is a private matter so we do not intend to push the matter. Whether he had to return or not was big, that he does not have to is good. For now, he will not have to leave the team during the season."