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Dodgers put Hong-Chih Kuo on the disabled list with anxiety disorder [Updated]

Photo: Hong-Chih Kuo. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / U.S. Presswire Hong-Chih Kuo, who was nearly unhittable last year but has done little but struggle this season, was placed on the disabled list before Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh.

Manager Don Mattingly curiously said he could not give the reason why Kuo was placed on the DL until he was given permission from Major League Baseball, though a person familiar with the situation told The Times' Dylan Hernandez that it may be a relapse of the "yips" that Kuo has suffered from before

Mattingly would not even say if he expected Kuo back this season.

"It’s hard for me to answer that," Mattingly told reporters in Pittsburgh.

[Updated 3:51 p.m. May 11: The Dodgers announced that Kuo was placed on the DL with anxiety disorder.]

Mattingly said he does expect him to pitch again.

Kuo has battled the "yips'' for the second time in his career this season, struggling to throw the ball accurately -- even to first base -- despite not having any physical issues.

The Dodgers called up Scott Elbert from triple-A Albuquerque to take Kuo’s spot on the roster. The former No. 1 pick, who has struggled in three previous trips to the majors (6.84 ERA), becomes the bullpen’s only left-hander.

Kuo, who’s had four elbow surgeries, was brilliant last season, posting a 1.20 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and saving 12 games when he took over the closer’s role late in the season. The All-Star reliever held opponents to a .139 batting average.

But this season he suffered an unexplained turnaround. He was previously on the DL this season with a back strain.

In nine games (4 2/3 innings), he has an 11.57 ERA and a 2.36 WHIP.

The Dodgers' bullpen has struggled throughout most of the season and the team may still have to place Blake Hawksworth, who injured his groin Tuesday, on the DL.

-- Steve Dilbeck

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Get rid of this guy. If it's not one thing, it's another thing. What a disaster this franchise is in every single regard.

What is a Yip?

Clear, specific reporting, thanks. Journalism is doing much better on these issues.

Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor
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Jack: The ``yips'' is when you get a mental hang up about throwing accurately. There is nothing physically wrong, but psychologically you get a block about making a simple throw and struggle with control.

Onan... sad.

Kuo gets paid $2.7 million and has the "yips." What a team this is...we now have another head case.

no, "the yips" are when a golfer cannot make anything from 3ft in. Usually too wristy and grippy on the putter followed by a total lack of confidence and any idea where the putt is going...remember it's not the putter, it's the putter.

They should rename it Rick Ankiel Syndrome.

I have new paper bags on sale in designer colors to fit any size head for all of you Dodger fans to wear.

Get rid of this guy. If it's not one thing, it's another thing. What a disaster this franchise is in every single regard.

Posted by: FormerLifelongDodgerFan | 05/11/2011 at 04:28 PM
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He has been a stud the last couple of years and you want to discard him? And you want to blame the organization for him having a mental block?

Steve Sax couldn't throw from 2nd to first - Chuck Knoblach had issues, too.

God forbid you don't get depressed at some time in your life!

Yippee!
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Scott Elbert is back!

Wow, that's too bad. I feel sorry for the guy. I think he was trying too hard to be effective...trying to prove he was back after his latest injury. He was probably aiming the ball instead of throwing it. Hmm, wonder if this condition was called the yips back when Steve Sax had problems throwing the ball to first.

This reminds me so much of Steve Sax when he couldn't make a throw to first base. The psyche is a mysterious thing.Keith D. Haker

Anyone on this team can be of a victim of anxiety disorder: anyone who works for Frank McCrap will suffer from anxiety disorder in one form or another.

I thought yip was the present form of yap...


Frank then is crip.

Are the doctors sure they didn't switch Kuo and Broxton's patient files??? Just sayin...

Can anyone explain how Kuo and Broxton's contracts are structured and would the Dodgers be completely on the hook to pay them through their term if they do not recover and have to be unconditionally released? This may also be part of a veiled salary dump, as both of them are the highest paid in our pen besides Padilla and could provide relief in a trade.

The Los Angeles Dodgers consistently lie about their players injuries as a rule. I have never grasped why they do this, except that it may be to hide a manipulation of the Disabled List, which the team has shown a propensity to abuse for years. This is not the Politburo, nor Skull and Bones. It is reasonable to be wary of this organization and their machinations, particularly with this issue.

He has been a stud the last couple of years and you want to discard him? And you want to blame the organization for him having a mental block?

Steve Sax couldn't throw from 2nd to first - Chuck Knoblach had issues, too.

God forbid you don't get depressed at some time in your life!

Posted by: SMG | 05/11/2011 at 05:55 PM

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SMG, what happened to the careers of Steve Sax, Chuck Knoblauch & Mackey Sasser after they developed the yips? They sucked. Hard.

Therefore, the Dodgers should cut ties with Kuo NOW. Besides, he's as injury prone as it gets (okay not as bad as Jason Repko, but close).

If the Dodgers were smart, they'd end this a.s.a.p. and not let this be an ongoing issue. But we all know that the Dodgers are the dumbest organization there is, so it won't happen.

Maybe it's something in the bullpen air. Got to think Broxton's got the same issue....

What the hell is going on throughout the Dodger organization?? If it wern't for Vin Scully, I'm outa here.

What the hell is going on throughout the Dodger organization?? If it wern't for Vin Scully, I'm outa here.

Posted by: Fan | 05/12/2011 at 07:53 AM
What's going on is the McCourt virus has affected everyone, and this team will never be good again as long as he's still the owner.


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