It doesn’t look good for Hong-Chih Kuo, who for one brief season was about as dominant a relief pitcher as can be imagined.
But his comeback from a horrendous 2011 season with the Dodgers may have been dealt a sad and lethal blow Monday when he was released by the Seattle Mariners.
It’s hard to ever write off the gutsy Kuo, who was trying to come back from his fifth elbow operation and second bout of the yips. Still, he’s 30 and has gone through so very much, you have to wonder if this is not finally the end.
After his completely dominant 2010 season when the left-hander was elected to the All-Star team and his 1.20 earned-run average was the lowest for a reliever in team history, nothing could go right for him last year.