ST. LOUIS -- The right oblique Kosuke Fukudome strained on June 3 against Seattle contributed to an already rough opening with the White Sox for the veteran outfielder, who is hitting .171 over 24 games and 41 at-bats. But Fukudome is more concerned about getting healthy than his limited playing time through the first three months.
"It is what it is," said Fukudome through translator D.J. Masumoto. "It's something I have to deal with."
Fukudome, 35, started swinging the bat and throwing Tuesday and feels a lot better. He'll start to increase his work over the next two or three days and figures to go on a Minor League rehab assignment before returning, although he has not been told anything.
"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."