The Cubs will add another coach on Monday in Philadelphia. Kyosuke Sasaki, who was Kosuke Fukudome’s hitting coach in Japan and who worked with the Cubs outfielder this offseason, will join the team there. Sasaki was in Chicago earlier this year, and has been getting updates on Fukudome as the season has progressed. He is still consulting teams in Japan.
Lou Piniella said Saturday night that Sasaki would be in uniform for the three-game series vs. the Phillies, barring jet lag. Sasaki was to fly from Tokyo to New York and then Philly.
“We’re going to put him in uniform and let him observe and if need be, he can work with Fukudome all he wants,” Piniella said. “He’s got our blessing.”
Sasaki will then fly to Chicago with the Cubs after Wednesday’s game. Fukudome, who was starting in center and leading off Sunday, has hit safely in eight of his last 14 games and batting .303 in nine games in the leadoff spot.
— Carrie Muskat