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Kyosuke Takagi, who re-signed with the Yomiuri Giants after facing a one-year ban for his involvement in illegal betting, restarted his career on Tuesday by extending his apologies to his manager, coaches and teammates.

The 27-year-old pitcher showed up in a black suit and bowed deeply to the members of the second and third teams who gathered in the team’s indoor training facility in Kawasaki, and was greeted with warm applause after his speech.

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