Dodgers reach deal with Tsao

Dodgers reach agreement with Tsao

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have acquired a right-handed counterpart to left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo.

On Wednesday, they reached agreement with Chin-hui Tsao, like Kuo, a native of Taiwan who signed for a whopping bonus only to have his career derailed by multiple injuries.

Tsao, once the top prospect in the Colorado farm system, was non-tendered by the Rockies after missing the entire 2006 season and most of 2005 with shoulder labrum and rotator cuff problems. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in May 2005 and hasn't pitched in a regular-season game since.

Tsao opened the 2005 season on the disabled list, was activated long enough to convert three of his four career saves, then was disabled and never returned. He has a 5.80 ERA in parts of three Major League seasons.

He was signed in 1999 to a $2.2 million bonus and underwent Tommy John elbow reconstruction in 2001. Finally healthy in 2003, he spent half of a season dominating in Double-A, then was promoted to the Major Leagues, where he made eight starts. His shoulder problems surfaced the next spring, limiting him to 9 1/3 Major League innings in 2004.

In seven professional seasons, Tsao has 63 2/3 Major League innings. Kuo, who has battled back from two Tommy John operations, has 65 Major League innings in the same seven years.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.