Kuo May Consider Retirement after operation

Hong-Chih Kuo underwent a fourth operation on his elbow yesterday, this time to remove a loose body that was causing irritation when he threw. In all probability, it will end his season.

Kuo has undergone two Tommy John reconstructions and a scar tissue clean-up over the last seven years. The operation is likely to knock out for the season and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Kuo has hinted to teammates that retirement would be a consideration if he needed another operation. Kuo opened the season on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was active most of June active and was 1-4 with a 7.42 ERA, starting six of eight games. He was disabled June 30 with elbow irritation.

Kuo made his pro debut April 10, 2000 in spectacular fashion at San Bernardino, striking out seven of the 10 batters he faced in three shutout innings before suffering a season-ending injury while pitching to the final batter, an injury that required Tommy John surgery.

He pitches seven games for the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2001 and seven more games in 2002. A second T.J. operation killed his entire 2003 season.

He managed his first professional win in 2004, but was able to pitch in only three games. He finally got some experience under his belt in 2005, working for Vero Beach, Jacksonville and finally in Los Angeles; 36 games in all.

In 2006 he pitched and pitched well, for Las Vegas and Los Angeles, winning his first major league game.

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