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Relief pitcher Kyosuke Takagi has told the Yomiuri Giants that he wants to return to baseball following his one-year suspension for gambling, the Central League club announced Wednesday.

The Giants could file an application for his reinstatement with Nippon Professional Baseball’s commissioner as early as Thursday. If the team’s request is accepted, the 27-year-old lefty would be signed to a developmental contract. According to NPB, no player suspended for betting on baseball has ever resumed his pro career.

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