Kuo shows off changeup in BP session

Kuo shows off changeup in BP session

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo threw an impressive 31-pitch batting-practice session that included a devastating changeup and is aiming for his next game appearance Tuesday.

Kuo, on an amended game schedule to protect his brittle elbow, came out of the workout pleased and healthy.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Kuo has been working on a changeup for years but has used it sparingly in games so far. It would be a nasty complement to his fastball and hard slider, said Honeycutt.

Kuo pitched only two game innings last spring before coming up with a sore elbow. He made his first game appearance Wednesday.