May 28, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Kosuke Fukudome (1) workout prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The White Sox were unable to find any takers for Fukudome, and the 35-year-old went unclaimed on waivers, ultimately resulting in his release.
After spending the start of the 2011 season with the Chicago Cubs, Fukudome was traded to the Cleveland Indians last July. While he hit at a clip of .273/.374/.369 with the Cubs, Fukudome only mustered a line of .249/.300/.371 over his 237 at-bats with the Indians.
Fukudome signed with the White Sox this February and has been used sparingly by the club this season. After hitting .200/.276/.240 over 25 April at-bats, his production fell off even more in May (.411 OPS for the month).
Over his 41 at-bats this season, Fukudome has hit .171/.294/.195 with no home runs, one double and four RBIs. He is a career .258/.359/.395 hitter.