"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."