KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -The Kansas City Royals requested release waivers Friday on right-hander Hideo Nomo, who was designated for assignment on Sunday.
Nomo will remain on waivers until noon Tuesday, and if he is not claimed by another club, he would become a free agent.
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 making a comeback this year with the Royals.
Nomo's 123 victories in the majors is the most by any Japanese pitcher. He was the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Dodgers and threw two no-hitters in his career.
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