Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Taiwanese left-handed pitcher Kuo Hong-chi has been released by the Chicago Cubs, his agent in Taiwan confirmed Saturday.
The Taiwanese reliever signed a minor league deal just last month with the Cubs, but had not appeared in a game.
His agent said that Kuo, who reportedly suffered from a back injury and an anxiety disorder, was unable to adjust himself and his performance to meet the club's expectations.
He described Kuo as having accepted the news calmly and said he was continuing to train in the U.S. in the hope of getting a chance to return to the Major League.
The 30-year-old lefty was the first Taiwanese player selected for an MLB all-star team in 2010 when he recorded a 1.20 ERA with 60 innings in 56 appearances in an outstanding season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kuo, who underwent a fifth elbow operation last October, left the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he had played since 2000, and was released by the Seattle Mariners during spring training in March this year before joining the Chicago Cubs.
He made his major league debut in 2005, becoming the fourth MLB player to hail from Taiwan. He threw 292.1 innings in his career in the majors and has a record of 13 wins and 17 losses, with an ERA of 3.73 and 345 strikeouts.
(By Lee Yu-cheng and Maia Huang)