Relief pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Hong-Chih Kuo Signed By Cubs

Hong-Chih Kuo was an All-Star in 2010. Then he had an anxiety disorder and elbow surgery, and was signed and released by the Mariners. Now he's a Cub.

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Cubs Sign Hong-Chih Kuo To Minor-League Deal

Hong-Chih Kuo, a lefthanded pitcher from Taiwan, was one of the better relievers in the National League from 2008-2010; in the last of those years, he posted a 1.20 ERA and made the National League All-Star team.

2011 was an “annus horribilis” for him, though; he suffered through an anxiety disorder and had a 9.00 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 40 appearances (27 innings). Then he had elbow surgery at season’s end; signed by the Mariners over the winter, he was released during spring training.

Now, he has another shot at returning to the major leagues:

This is a low-risk, possible high-reward signing for the Cubs; if Kuo still can’t pitch he’ll be released again, but given the state of the Cubs’ bullpen, just about anyone might be of assistance.

For more on the Cubs, please visit Bleed Cubbie Blue and SB Nation Chicago.

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