Kosuke Fukudome may be done for 2010
ESPNChicago.com Cubs blog
The latest news and notes on the Cubs. Blog
Rookie Brad Snyder will play Thursday in the Cubs' finale against the Padres.
"When [trainer Mark O'Neil] saw him this morning, I said 'What do you think?'"Cubs interim manager Mike Quade said. "He said, 'No.'
"Then the next question was, 'Can he give me an at-bat late?' And that's even in doubt."
Quade plans to play younger players in the series this weekend to conclude the season against the Houston Astros.
"We'll have a lot more flexibility in the Houston series [because they're a non-contender]," Quade said. "It's not about getting him out there, even if he's hobbling."
Fukudome established a career high with 13 home runs this season. The 33-year-old was in a 1-for-12 slump before the injury took place.
He signed a four-year, $48 million deal on Dec. 19, 2007. He was a .306 lifetime hitter in Japan.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.