Japanese baseball great Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter was released on bond and apologized through a lawyer after appearing in court on a bank fraud charge accusing him of stealing $16 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers star to cover illegal gambling debts.

Ippei Mizuhara, 39, who surrendered to authorities earlier in the day, did not enter a plea during a 25-minute proceeding before a U.S. District Court magistrate judge in downtown Los Angeles. He was ordered to return for an arraignment on May 9.

But Mizuhara's attorney, Michael Freedman, issued a statement later Friday saying his client "wishes to apologize to Mr. Ohtani, the Dodgers, Major League Baseball and his family."