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Dodgers Web musings: Report says Kuo will not retire

May 12, 2011 |  5:54 pm

Kuo3 Hong-Chih Kuo’s unexpected placement on the disabled list Wednesday for an anxiety disorder provided more questions than answers.

As The Times’ Dylan Hernandez reported, Kuo has been shut down and no one is certain when he will return.

But Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick spoke to Kuo’s agent, Alan Chang, on Thursday and he was adamant that Kuo was not going to retire.

"He clearly is focused on working to come back. That's not a question," said Chang. "He does want to come back and really appreciates the support the Dodgers organization has shown him. Everybody is on board to helping him."

Also on the Web:

-- Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen is one talented ballplayer, but he’s no Jamey Carroll.

McCutchen was benched by Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday for failing to hustle. He struck out in the eighth inning Wednesday and the ball got away from catcher Rod Barajas. McCutchen, however, dropped his bat, turned and walked to the dugout.

Said a contrite McCutchen: "It is a lesson learned."

-- MLB.com’s Barry Bloom said Joe Torre is beginning to feel comfortable in his new role as an MLB executive.

-- Even though it’s against MLB rules, The Times’ Patt Morrison still longs for public-share ownership of the Dodgers.

-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman recognizes Carroll’s hustle but thinks it’s time to also recognize his talent.

-- Left-hander Scott Elbert, a No.1 draft pick in 2004, was called up to replace Kuo on the roster and tells Gurnick he’s a more relaxed, mature player this time.

-- The Times' Bill Shaikin offers a transcript of Commissioner Bud Selig's answers Thursday to questions on MLB's takeover of the Dodgers, and the Associated Press offers the video.

 
-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo in 2007. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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