Bannister quits Yomiuri because of earthquake

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Brian Bannister has left
Japan’s Yomiuri Giants following last month’s earthquake and
tsunami.

The Giants said Tuesday that Bannister will not be returning to
play for the Central League team after leaving the country on March
16.

The 30-year-old right-hander signed a one-year deal worth $1.8
million in January.

Bannister told Japanese baseball officials he has no plans to
play in either Japan or the United States.

Bannister went 7-12 with a 6.34 ERA in 24 games for the Royals
last season.