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TOKYO (AP) - The Yakult Swallows say Wladimir Balentien will join the team for the first day of spring training, having pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges in Florida.

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Club president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa said Saturday that Balentien will join the team on Feb. 1 to begin preparations for the 2014 season.

Police say Balentien pulled out screens at his estranged wife's Miami-area home and climbed through a window. He is accused of grabbing his wife's arm as she ran upstairs, following her into a bedroom and locking the door.

The Curacao-born Balentien was freed on bail following his Jan. 13 arrest in Miami.

Balentien hit 60 homers last year, breaking Japanese baseball's single-season record of 55. He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners.

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