Tsutsugo (calf) will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Tsutsugo was placed on the injured list Wednesday with a strained right calf, but it looks like he'll be able return to game action in less than a week's time. Assuming all goes smoothly during his rehab, Tsutsugo seems likely to be activated when he becomes eligible June 19.
The Dodgers placed Tsutsugo on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right calf strain.
Since being acquired from the Rays on May 15, Tsutsugo has largely served as a pinch-hitting specialist for the Dodgers. He's made only six starts in his first three weeks with the club, with none coming after May 28. Even if Tsutsugo misses the minimum amount of time with the calf strain, he's not guaranteed to have a reserve role waiting for him once he's reinstated from the IL.
Tsutsugo went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's 9-1 win over Arizona.
Tsutsugo started in left field in his debut with the club after being acquired in a trade with the Rays on Saturday. He is hitting a paltry .162 this season but has notched an above-average 11 percent walk rate.
Tsutsugo was acquired by the Dodgers from the Rays on Saturday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The 29-year-old was designated for assignment by the Rays earlier in the week, and he'll end up being traded to the Dodgers rather than exposed to the waiver wire. Tsutsugo joined Tampa Bay on a two-year, $12 million deal prior to the 2020 season and posted a .708 OPS last season, but he has struggled mightily in 2021 with a .167/.244/.218 slash line and 27 strikeouts in 87 plate appearances.
Tsutsugo was designated for assignment by the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays stuck with Tsutsugo after he posted a disappointing .197/.314/.395 line in his 51-game debut last season -- a decision that didn't seem unwise given that an improvement in his .230 BABIP was likely to bring about better results. His BABIP has indeed improved somewhat this season (up to .255), but his line has cratered to .167/.244/.218. A .177 xBA and .273 xSLG indicate he wasn't getting all that unlucky. He could still find a home somewhere this season based on his resume in Japan, but there's a large gap between what he's shown thus far at the MLB level and what he needs to show to be a regular, especially given that he's limited to the corners defensively. Kevin Padlo was recalled in a corresponding move.
Tsutsugo, who spent Thursday on the COVID-19 injured list, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in a loss to the Astros on Friday.
The Japanese slugger produced another frustrating stat line in his return from the brief sabbatical. Tsutsugo is now slashing .175/.246/.222 through 70 plate appearances and currently sports a 31.4 percent strikeout rate that's outpacing 2020's 27.0 percent figure.
Tsutsugo (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
The 29-year-old landed on the shelf Thursday while experiencing side effects due to the vaccine, but he'll only end up missing one game. Tsutsugo had a rough first month of the season with a .183/.246/.233 slash line and 21 strikeouts in 66 plate appearances, and he's seen limited playing time of late, though he's batting eighth as the designated hitter Friday.
The Rays will place Tsutsugo on the COVID-19 injured list Thursday after he experienced side effects from a vaccine shot earlier this week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tsutsugo isn't expected to require more than a day or two off before he's back to normal, so he should rejoin the roster at some point during the Rays' weekend series with the Astros. The 29-year-old opened the season as a strong-side platoon player for the Rays, but he seems to have fallen out of favor after posting a .479 OPS through 66 plate appearances. He's been on the bench for eight of the Rays' last 13 games.
Tsutsugo is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Though the lefty-hitting Tsutsugo will be sitting out against a southpaw (Hyun Jin Ryu), his opportunities to make regular starts against right-handed pitching could also be trending down. He's been included in the lineup only three times in the last 10 games, with the Rays' lefty-heavy schedule and the recent return of Kevin Kiermaier from the injured list having cost Tsutsugo at-bats. Manager Kevin Cash may prefer to have all four of his top outfielders -- Kiermaier, Austin Meadows, Randy Arozarena and Manuel Margot -- play regularly, with the odd man out likely starting over Tsutsugo at designated hitter in most games.
Tsutsugo isn't starting Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
Tsutsugo will be out of the lineup for a second consecutive game with another southpaw (Robbie Ray) on the mound for Toronto. Randy Arozarena will serve as the designated hitter while Brett Phillips starts in right field.
Tsutsugo is not in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Tsutsugo will head back to the bench Friday after starting the past two games and going 2-for-9 with one walk, three RBI and one run. Austin Meadows will serve as the designated hitter while Manuel Margot works in right field versus Toronto lefty Steven Matz.
Tsutsugo isn't starting Monday's game against the Royals, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tsutsugo will take a seat for the third time in the last four games after hitting .163 with two doubles and two RBI to begin the year. Yandy Diaz will serve as the designated hitter while Mike Brosseau starts at first base Monday.
Tsutsugo isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tsutsugo will be out of the lineup for a third straight game after he hit .154 with one RBI and 17 strikeouts in his first 39 at-bats this year. Austin Meadows will serve as the designated hitter Saturday while Brett Phillips enters the lineup in center field.
Tsutsugo is out of the lineup Friday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tsutsugo is 6-for-39 with 17 strikeouts through 12 games this season and finds himself on the bench for the second straight contest Friday. Brandon Lowe is batting third as the designated hitter while Mike Brosseau starts at second base for Tampa Bay.
Tsutsugo isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Tsutsugo has gone just 1-for-12 with six strikeouts in the last four games. Austin Meadows will serve as the designated hitter Thursday with Manuel Margot starting in left field.
Tsutsugo will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and bat seventh Wednesday against the Rangers.
Tsutsugo had been the Rays' primary leadoff option against right-handed pitching to begin the season, but he appears to have lost hold of that role after providing a .147/.216/.176 slash line through his first 38 plate appearances. For the second straight day, Tsutsugo will hit in the bottom half of the lineup, while Austin Meadows handles leadoff duties.
Tsutsugo is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With a southpaw (Jordan Montgomery) on the mound for the opposition, the lefty-hitting Tsutsugo will take a seat after three consecutive starts. Yandy Diaz replaces Tsutsugo in the series finale as the Rays' leadoff man.
Tsutsugo went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's loss against the Red Sox.
Tsutsugo has endured a rough start to the season, and while he has recorded hits in back-to-back games, he has gone just 2-for-17 to begin his big-league career. He hit .318 (7-for-22) with two extra-base hits during spring training, but he hasn't been able to replicate those numbers during the first week of the regular season. It's still early, but he needs to bounce back quickly to avoid losing playing time.
Tsutsugo is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
It's only been four games, but Tsutsugo is 1-for-13 with zero extra-base hits so far this season on the heels of a disappointing first year with Tampa Bay. Francisco Mejia will start at designated hitter and bat seventh with lefty Martin Perez on the hill for Boston.
Tsutsugo will sit Saturday against Miami.
Tsutsugo started the first two games of the season at first base, going 0-for-6 with two walks and two strikeouts. Yandy Diaz shifts to first base Saturday, with Joey Wendle starting at third.
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