New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Julie Jacobson
December 26, 2014

TOKYO (AP) Japanese media report free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for his first team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

The reports say Kuroda, who turns 40 in February, has signed a one year contract worth $3.3 million. Kuroda pitched for Hiroshima from 1997-2007 and then spent four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to the New York Yankees.

The Japanese broadcaster NHK and other reports said Saturday that Kuroda will wear No. 15, the same number he wore when he last pitched for the Carp. Hiroshima kept the number open for him during his time in the major leagues, where he wore 18.

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