CHICAGO, IL - MAY 20: Kosuke Fukudome #1 of Chicago White Sox stands at second base after hitting a double against the Chicago Cubs during an interleague game at Wrigley Field on May 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
The Chicago White Sox have designated outfielder Kosuke Fukudome for assignment, reports Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). In a related move, the team placed starting pitcher Philip Humber on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to 6/17) because of a right elbow flexor strain.
After coming over from Japan, Kosuke Fukudome signed with the White Sox this offseason after playing for their crosstown rivals the past four years. Plain and simple, the 35-year-old outfielder just couldn't hit the ball this season, evident with a 171/.294/.195 slash line. He had just 7 hits in 51 plate appearances, and only of those hits went for extra bases.
It's a different story for Humber, though, as he's been placed on the disabled list. The 29-year-old threw a perfect game in his second start of the year, but it's been more downs than ups ever since. The righty is posting a 6.01 ERA on the season with a 2.03 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 67 1/3 innings of work.