Mar 15, 2012; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo (32) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at the Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Seattle Determines Bat Flip Not Enough

Thus spells the ends any illusions of Kuo returning to his previous All-Star form . Seattle released Hong-Chih Kuo early this afternoon, hence ending his brief stint with the club.

Kuo was nothing short of terrible, as demonstrated by his lack of velocity and control throughout the spring. No matter how bad he looked – and he looked bad – you have to root for the guy and hope his spring troubles weren’t a result of a continuing anxiety problem. It didn’t work out, and that’s a shame, but the thought process to bring him in was still correct. Kuo was a high-risk, high-reward signing and the risk just happened to win out in this one. It happens, you move on and wish the best for Kuo.

More importantly, this opens the door for another bullpen arm to wiggle their way onto the opening day roster. Kuo is obviously the loser today, but Lucas Luetge, Tom Wilhelmsen, Steve Delabar, Chance Ruffin, and Cesar Jimenez are all potential winners. I was pulling for Kuo to succeed, as I’m sure a lot of you were. The possibility of a flame-throwing lefty with strikeout stuff handing the ball off to League for the ninth was drool worthy. Alas, it didn’t work out, time to move on.

Oh I can’t resist…







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