Kosuke Fukudome is likely to head to Charlotte on Monday to begin a minor league rehab assignment, manager Robin Ventura said prior to Sunday's game in Los Angeles. Fukudome is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a rib cage injury suffered June 3 against Seattle.
In 51 plate appearances spanning 24 games with the White Sox, Fukudome is hitting .171.294.195 with eight walks and nine strikeouts. Jordan Danks, who was called up when Fukudome hit the disabled list, is 5-10 with a stolen base in his first stint in the majors.
The 35-year-old Fukudome signed a one-year, 1 million deal in February that includes a 3.5 million club option for 2013.
The White Sox announced on Friday they have named former MLB infielder Chris Getz as Director of Player Development.
Getz replaces Nick Capra, who after five seasons in his position was named the White Sox third base coach on Oct. 14.
The 33-year-old Getz has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Royals as a baseball operations assistant/player development in which he assisted in minor-league operations and player personnel decisions.
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“I'm excited about the opportunity to help teach and develop young talent in the organization where my professional career began,” Getz said in a press release. “I was drafted twice, worked through the minor leagues, and reached the major leagues with the White Sox. Through this journey, I was able to gain an understanding of the individuals within this organization, who I respect greatly. The director of player development is an important role, and the health of the minor-league system is vital for major-league success. I look forward to putting my all into making the White Sox a strong and winning organization.”
White Sox Senior VP/general manager Rick Hahn added: “We are pleased to add Chris’ intellect, background and energy to our front office. He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago.”
Getz, originally a fourth-round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Michigan, played in seven MLB seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Blue Jays (2014).
Getz had a career slash line of .250/.309/.307 with three home runs, 111 RBI and 89 stolen bases.
In our next installment of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien is joined by Chris Kamka and Slavko Bekovic to discuss how White Sox fans are dealing with success on the North Side.
Later, White Sox fan and CSN producer Ryan McGuffey talks about his experience producing Cubs content. Finally, Cubs fan Nate Poppen shares his thoughts on Frank Kaminsky wearing a Steve Bartman jersey to the United Center before a Bulls-Hornets preseason game.
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