"At-bat wise, he looks fine," Ventura said. "Numbers don't always show how a guy is hitting. He's lined out a lot."
In 33 at-bats, Fukudome, who started both ends of Monday's doubleheader and went 1-for-5, has just five singles and a double. He has, however, drawn seven walks, making for a respectable .310 on-base percentage. Those numbers satisfy Ventura, considering the challenges Fukudome has faced in being relegated to a part-time role this season.
"He's a professional. He gets it," Ventura said. "In the role he's asked to play, he understands it."