Former Mets pitcher Ishii returns to Japan

TOKYO -- Former New York Mets pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii is returning to Japan after four seasons in the major leagues.

Ishii, who was released by the Mets in December, agreed to a
two-year contract on Friday with the Central League's Yakult
Swallows, team officials said.

Ishii, 32, played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002-2004,
compiling a 36-25 record. He was 3-9 in 19 games for the Mets last

Before leaving for the majors, Ishii played for the Swallows and had a 78-46 record with a 3.38 ERA and 1,277 strikeouts in 244
games over 10 seasons in Japan.