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Dodgers Web musings: Report says Kuo will not retire

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’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."

--’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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Mr-Yips (a.k.a. Kuo) not gonna "retire" -- YAY!!!

though me wonders if he'll "retire" any batters any time soon????

needs to take a much-needed break, as afterall, the season is a lonnnnnng grueling grind, & it's already an entire month long, & he just came off a long-winter's break.....

me suggests he take a permanent break to the land of "yips-&-honey"!!!!

I look at this Kou problem from another direction. Sure, it's early in the season but he stepped up and admitted he was not being effective due to his heebie-jeebies. I would not want Kou to not mention the problem while still coming in to relieve and stinking up the joint.

This thought segues me to Broxton. When did his problem occur? Last part of last season? He must of known something was wrong. Was it a macho thing with him and, unlike Kou, he wouldn't admit that he had a problem and he was not being effective as the closer.
Did he finally volunteer to have a MRI or did the Dodgers demand one?

One person that shouldn't have admitted a throwing problem, per the telecast, was Ethier. What next will he let the opposing team know about his play?

Kuo should go to Cucamonga to pitch an inning nearly every night the Quakes are home. Make the 1st inning his, to induce Visalia and Inland Empire to tap little grounders back to him so he can get in the swing of throwing to professional batters, to the catcher and to 1st, and sometimes to 2nd, again, until he can do it again in his sleep.

He wouldn't even have to travel. A Dodgers pitching exec could pick him up at home and drive them there a few nights every other week. They've got until Aug 29, v San Jose, to bring Kuo back to snuff.

I called Schieffer and he told me he'd authorize paying that bill.


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