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Hong-Chih Kuo shut down; likely headed for DL

Mar 26, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

Kuo headshot.jpgThe Dodgers have shut down reliever Hong-Chih Kuo for the second time in the past week after he felt continued discomfort in his left elbow on Friday, reports Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“Nothing felt really bad, but it wasn’t real good as far as how it
felt,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “I don’t think he will be shut
down for an extended period of time, but we will have to see what
happens.

Kuo first complained of soreness when he was scratched from pitching in his native Taiwan two weeks ago. Though a precautionary MRI earlier this week found his elbow to structurally sound, he only has two outings under his belt this spring. Today’s setback all but guarantees that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list.

“It wouldn’t surprise me,” Torre said. “It’s just the fact that we’re
this close to the end. But I’m not sure at this point.”

The 28-year-old Kuo has a long history of elbow problems, including two Tommy John surgeries. Just last season he said that he would retire before undergoing another surgery on his elbow.
 

  1. Old Gator - Mar 26, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    I know there are always injuries in spring training as all those stiff squeaky gates start swinging on their rusty hinges again, but is it just my imagination or has this spring been especially brutal? Seems they’re dropping like flies this year.
    .
    Anyone keep statistics we could use to compare the morbidity tables for this spring to the way things have gone in the past? Has this been an average year, or is it, as it seems sometimes, one of the worst? I’d be really curious to know.

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