Nomo's comeback hits a snag; still hopes to pitch for KC

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Nomo to rehab groin injury after comeback bid with Royals hits a
snag

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A groin strain has put Hideo Nomo's comeback
bid with the Kansas City Royals on hold.
The right-hander is headed back to Arizona for physical therapy
on the right groin muscle he injured earlier this week. But the
39-year-old said today he doesn't think the injury will end his
attempt to return after spending the past two seasons out of the
major leagues.
He would be willing to pitch in the minors to prove he's ready.
Royals manager Trey Hillman said Nomo showed he still has major
league ability.
Nomo is a non-roster spring training invitee for Kansas City. He
was 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA in 15 innings this spring. His comeback bid
drew considerable attention in his home country, as a crowd of
Japanese reporters followed the Royals in spring training.
Hillman said if Nomo's rehab goes well, the Royals would likely
give him another chance.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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