Some injury news out of Chicago. Or San Diego, really.
Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Padres due to a mild left knee sprain that he suffered Wednesday while stealing third base.
The injury doesn’t sound overly serious, and shouldn’t affect him at all long-term, but there is a chance that the 33-year-old won’t return this season.
The Cubs are expected to shop Fukudome this winter because of the $13.5 million that he’s owed in 2011 and his poor performance at the plate over the last two-and-a-half seasons. With all things considered, they might have trouble finding a deal.
Fukudome has turned in a .263/.371/.439 batting line, 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 358 at-bats this season. He swiped seven bases but was caught eight times and is just a .259/.368/.410 career hitter.