Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Oct 20 '78

Kosuke Fukudome has agreed to a three-year contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.

Fukudome wound up batting .258/.359/.395 in 596 major league games after first arriving in the United States in 2008 on a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cubs. The veteran outfielder will turn 36 years old in April.

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Jun 14 '78

Yankees released OF Kosuke Fukudome.

The 35-year-old outfielder batted .276 with a decent .818 OPS in 39 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but he wasn't going to crack the Yankees' big league roster.

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Apr 23 '78

Yankees signed OF Kosuke Fukudome to a minor league contract.

He was cut loose by the White Sox over two weeks ago and has finally caught on with someone else. Fukudome, who batted just .171/.294/.195 games for the Sox, will provide depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Apr 06 '78

White Sox released OF Kosuke Fukudome.

Fukudome was designated for assignment late last week and drew no interest on waivers. The 35-year-old outfielder will presumably try to latch on with a new organization.

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Mar 30 '78

Kosuke Fukudome (back) began his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday, going 1-for-2 with a single.

He's taken his time and slowly progressed in his rehab, in an effort to avoid re-injury. He'll likely play 2-3 more games at Triple-A, and if all checks out could rejoin the White Sox at some point over the weekend.

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Mar 25 '78

Kosuke Fukudome (back) started swinging the bat and throwing Tuesday.

He's feeling much better and will ramp up his work over the next few days. If that goes well, he should go out on a rehab assignment before long. "I want to fix it properly, because I don't want to jump into a game and reinjure it," Fukudome said. "We'll go at it the next couple of days and make a decision."

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Mar 18 '78

White Sox placed OF Kosuke Fukudome on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.

Fukudome began experiencing discomfort in his lower back over the weekend and had not made enough improvement by Thursday. He should be ready once his 15 days are up. The veteran outfielder is batting just .171/.294/.195 in 24 games played this season.

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Mar 17 '78

Kosuke Fukudome (back) could need a stint on the disabled list.

Fukudome left Sunday's game with back stiffness, and he's yet to experience any notable improvement. The White Sox will likely make a decision on him soon.

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Mar 14 '78

Kosuke Fukudome left Sunday's game with back stiffness.

Consider him day-to-day for the time being. Eduardo Escobar moved from third base to left field to take his spot, with Orlando Hudson entering the game at the hot corner.

Kosuke Fukudome CF NYY Mar 01 '78

Kosuke Fukudome is batting just .175/.286/.200 through 49 plate appearances this year for the White Sox.

Fukudome has no home runs, no stolen bases and just four RBI. The 35-year-old corner outfielder is far from fantasy relevant and may be in danger of losing his 25-man roster spot if the struggles continue.