The Dodgers have re-acquired Taiwanese right hander Chin-hui Tsao on a minor league contract. Matt Eddy of Baseball America reported the signing. The 34-year old veteran was originally signed by Colorado as an amateur free agent in 1999. Tsao was acquired by the Dodgers in 2007 after making 29 appearances for the Rockies between 2003-2005.
Tsao pitched in 21 games for the Dodgers in 2007 posting a 4.38 ERA against a 6.6 hits per nine rate. In a little over 24 frames that season Tsao posted a 5.8 strikeout per nine rate and a 2.9 walk per nine rate.
Tsao was out of MLB for several years before returning to the Dodgers last season. He was predictably horrendous posting a 1-1 record and a 10.29 ERA in five appearances. He threw seven innings and allowed nine runs on 15 hits. Tsao allowed over 19 hits per nine frames last year for the Dodgers. However Tsao pitched well in Oklahoma City posting a 2.77 ERA across 39 innings.
Tsao is most notably famous for the game fixing scandal he was investigated for back in 2009. At one point in 2005 Tsao threw the fastest pitch ever for a Taiwanese born pitcher which was recorded at 100 mph. Tsao also pitched in two summer Olympic games (2004, 2008), and one Asian Baseball championship. During the Asian Baseball Championship in 1999 he whiffed 19 batters in 11 innings.