Dodgers finalize one-year deal with reliever Tsao

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.