Nomo’s career may be over as ex-Japanese star is let go


KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Royals released Hideo Nomo on Tuesday, probably ending the Japanese pitcher’s career in Major League Baseball. The Royals designated Nomo for assignment on April 20, then requested unconditional release waivers five days later. The 39-year-old Nomo had an 18.69 ERA in three relief appearances, allowing nine runs and 10 hits, including three home runs, in 4 1-3 innings. Nomo had not pitched in the majors since 2005 before attempting a comeback this year with the Royals.