Right-hander Tomokazu Ohka, who last week reached an agreement to play for the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League after leaving the Cleveland Indians as a free agent, has been released, U.S. baseball sources said Tuesday.
According to the sources, rules stipulate that each team in the Mexican League can only have up to six foreign players on its roster.
Ohka, who turns 34, on Thursday, agreed to a contract with Quintana last Tuesday but was apparently bumped off the team due to the restriction after the club later acquired an American player from the Oakland Athletics.
He has no definitive plans as of yet. Ohka had already appeared in two exhibition games since signing with Quintana.