Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. (Getty/TBEN)
First baseman Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was named on assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday to make room on the 40-man roster.
Signed to a $4 million contract this offseason, the 30-year-old former NPB slugger struggled in 2022, his third season in Major League Baseball, hitting .171 in 50 games with two home runs, 19 RBIs and a .249 on-base percentage.
Tsutsugo suffered a back injury that kept him out of MLB games for about six weeks and hampered his swing at the start of the year. He played with three teams in three seasons, the first two being the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers.
If Tsutsugo is not claimed by another MLB team within seven days, he could be released, traded, or returned to the minor leagues by his original team, meaning he may still end up at Triple-A Indianapolis.