Dodgers finalize one-year deal with reliever Tsao

Updated: January 30, 2007, 2:05 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a one-year contract Monday with reliever Chin-hui Tsao, the Taiwanese right-hander plagued by arm injuries throughout his brief career with the Colorado Rockies.

Tsao and the Dodgers agreed to terms on Jan. 18, pending a physical. He was added to Los Angeles' 40-man roster on Monday. He gets $425,000 if he is in the major leagues and $125,000 if he's in the minors.

The 25-year-old Tsao hasn't pitched in a game since having surgery to repair a torn labrum in May 2005. He also had elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2001, and has had biceps tendon and hamstring problems.

"Chin-hui was one of the more promising young relievers in the game as recently as two years ago," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "He's battled through some difficult injuries, but at his young age we are excited about him coming to spring training, competing for a spot on the roster and seeing what he can do when he is healthy."

Colorado signed Tsao for $2.2 million in 1999. He was 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA and four saves for the Rockies from 2003-05, and had a 29-20 record and 2.74 ERA in the minors. He pitched for Taiwan in the 2004 Olympics.

Tsao became the first Taiwanese-born pitcher to appear in the majors when he won his first big league game against Milwaukee on July 25, 2003.


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