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 OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Hideo Nomo's pitching career might be over.
The Kansas City Royals have designated the right-hander for assignment to make room for callup Luke Hochevar.
Nomo is among the Japanese pioneers in the major leagues. He was trying to make a comeback at the age of 39 after having elbow surgery in 2006.
On April 10, Nomo pitched in relief against the New York Yankees for his first appearance in the majors since July 15, 2005, while with Tampa Bay.
Hochevar was set to make his second career major league start Sunday against the Oakland Athletics.

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