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.