8/12 Part-time job
Kosuke Fukudome batted third on Thursday for the first time this season. Acting manager Alan Trammell wanted to break up the lefties in the Cubs lineup against Matt Cain. Fukudome hit third last season in 32 games, and batted .259. The outfielder has lost his starting job to Tyler Colvin but entered the game riding a five-game hitting streak.
“I don’t think anybody wants to accept [a part time role] but he sees it and to his credit he goes about his business and he’s ready,” Trammell said. “I’m sure he’s not happy about it but he’s professional and he’s ready to go. I’m sure Lou [Piniella] is aware of that and how much playing time he gets from here on out, I can’t tell you. I do have him in there today. He’s earned that and we’ll see where it goes.”
— Carrie Muskat