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White Sox designate Kosuke Fukudome for assignment

Jun 22, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

White Sox pinch hitter Fukudome hits into an out in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB baseball game in Chicago Reuters

Kosuke Fukudome seemed like a solid low-risk pickup for the White Sox considering it took only a $1 million commitment compared to the $48 million he earned while being a disappointment on the other side of Chicago, but the outfielder played sparingly and has been designated for assignment.

The move comes instead of activating Fukudome from the disabled list, where he’s been for the past two weeks with a back injury. And the White Sox had him in their plans enough to send him on a minor-league rehab assignment earlier this week, but with Fukudome apparently ready to return they decided not to bother.

Fukudome got just 51 plate appearances for the White Sox and hit .171, but as usual continued to show good plate discipline with a 9/8 K/BB ratio. He failed to produce anywhere near as much as the Cubs hoped from 2008-2011, but Fukudome has still managed a .359 career on-base percentage and can be useful when spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    It’s a bad day to be a Japanese AL player, I suppose.

  2. hoopmatch - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I remember when he broke in with the Cubs and an enterprising independent vendor started selling “Horry Kow!” T-Shirts outside Wrigley.

  3. dannymac17 - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    i always laugh when i read his name

    fuk u do me.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      I would laugh at that too. If i was 9 years old.

      • dannymac17 - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        I bet you would. but since you arent, better get your AARP on.

  4. hittfamily - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Welcome to the Rays Kosuke. After Drew Sutton, Hideki, Brandon Allen, and Brooks Conrad, why wouldn’t they sign another DFA who is better than any of their current catchers.

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