Kuo’s future again uncertain after release by Mariners

Hong-Chih Kuo’s future as a major-leaguer grew darker still today, when he was released by the Seattle Mariners with a 17.55 ERA in six appearances. If he clears waivers, he could end up with any team on a minor-league contract – including the Dodgers, as Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles notes.

The Dodgers “would be willing to listen if Kuo and his agent, Alan Chang, were to approach them, a team source said on condition of anonymity after Kuo was released on Monday by the Seattle Mariners, for whom he had struggled all spring,” Jackson wrote.

“I think (Kuo) just needs more time,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge told Greg Johns of MLB.com. “You’d see times when he’d find it, but he just wasn’t able to be consistent with it. And with where we are in camp and the decisions we have to make, he just wasn’t going to be part of the puzzle initially.”

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  • Former Great Lakes Loons teammates Clayton Kershaw and Carlos Santana excelled for the Dodgers and Indians today in Cleveland’s 4-3 victory, notes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Kershaw allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts (but still took the loss), while Santana hit a monster home run off Javy Guerra in the sixth.
  • Jerry Hairston made two more errors at shortstop and is now fielding .556 at the position this spring. Meanwhile, Justin Sellers went 3 for 4.
  • The Stanley Gold-Roy Disney ownership group was reinstated into the bidding for the Dodgers by a mediator, making the quartet of finalists a quintet, according to Bill Shaikin of the Times.
  • Dodger Sims looks at different projection systems, including its own, and finds the Dodgers most likely to win between 78 and 82 games this season.
  • From the same source, vote on your favorite Dodgers in a tourney-style bracket here.
  • The Dodgers are one of 19 major-league teams to ban alcohol in their home clubhouse, reports Kevin Baxter of the Times.
  • With Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria headed for Tommy John surgery, more will probably be asked of Jonathan Broxton. Either Broxton or Greg Holland will inherit the Royals’ closer spot, writes Dick Kaegel of MLB.com.
  • Jamie Moyer’s bid to make the Colorado starting rotation at age 49 took a blow today when he allowed four runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings against Arizona’s Triple-A team, notes D.J. Short of Hardball Talk.
  • Here’s a nice interview by Alex Belth of Bronx Banter with Paul Haddad, author of High Fives, Pennant Drives and Fernandomania. More audio clips of Vinny, too!
  • Anonymous

    There’s good stuff in the Sunday March 18 post at Blue Heaven including a photo collage of the 1942 Dodgers in Havana. The 15 minute presentation has fine background music inserted. Many of the pictures are of 3rd year ss Pee Wee Reese.  http://www.dodgersblueheaven.com/search?updated-max=2012-03-18T12%3A15%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=5 
    Reading the posts in reverse order, I was sad to learn that Reese’s wife passed away recently on March 7 at the age of 89. The couple had married on March 29 of ’42; I assume after the team came back from Cuba. The Dodger season started that year on April 14. Remember, just 4 months after Pearl Harbor.

    • Anonymous

      RIP Mrs Reese. I saw a wonderful photo of her and Rachel Robinson in a book dedicated to Brooklyn Dodger photos.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see Kuo get another chance with the Dodgers but, obviously, he would have to work his way back from the minors.

  • Anonymous

    78 to 82 wins :(

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • Anonymous

    Trayvon also send down, but Brim Reaper still in the Mariners camp.