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Tsao Chin-hui optioned to triple A after poor performance

2015/07/26 17:37:44

Taiwanese pitcher Tsao Chin-hui, CNA file photo

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) Tsao Chin-hui (曹錦輝), the first Taiwanese pitcher to play in the major league in the United States, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City after a poor performance in a relief call by the Los Angeles Dodgers in their game against the New York Mets in New York Saturday.

In a Twitter post after a 15-2 loss to the Mets, the Dodgers said Tsao and Josh Ravion would be optioned.

Called in at the bottom of the fifth inning, Tsao allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk while only recording two outs.

On the season, he has an ERA of 10.29 in five games, allowing nine runs on 15 hits, including three home runs, in seven innings, with seven strikeouts and three walks.

"The Mets showed up with the worst batting average in the majors at .233, but L.A. pitching surrendered 21 hits," sportswriter Brian Heyman wrote on

The game ended Tsao's short return to the majors after eight years. The 34-year-old signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers last December, which included an invitation to spring training. He was assigned to the AA Tulsa Drillers to start the season, but was promoted to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers before being called up to the major league team on July 8.

Tsao, a native of Hualien, became the first Taiwanese pitcher to play in the major league when he took the mound for the Colorado Rockies in 2003 but his career was derailed by injuries.

(By Lin Hung-han and Elizabeth Hsu)