(Fort Mill, SC) - Travis Ishikawa, who was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 21st round of the 2002 draft, has been signed by the Chicago White Sox and assigned to Charlotte Knights today. Ishikawa, 29, was recently designated for assignment by the New York Yankees. He will take the roster spot of infielder Cody Puckett, who was assigned back to Double-A Birmingham today.
This season, the 29-year-old first baseman has played for three different teams (two organizations). He began the year with Triple-A Norfolk and hit .316 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs in 49 games. He was promoted to Baltimore on June 18 and appeared in six games with the Orioles - hitting .118 with an RBI.
On June 29, Ishikawa was designated for assignment by the Orioles and he was later claimed by the New York Yankees on July 7. He appeared in just one game for the Yankees and was later designated for assignment on July 11.
Ishikawa, a native of Seattle, Washington, has appeared in parts of six seasons in the Majors with Giants (2006, 2008-2010), Milwaukee Brewers (2012), and Yankees (2013). In 382 Major League games, Ishikawa has compiled a .260 batting average with 19 home runs and 111 RBIs.
Puckett, 26, posted a .111 batting average with two home runs and two RBIs over six games with the Knights this year. Puckett began the season with the Barons and hit .268 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs over 62 games.
Ishikawa is expected to make his Knights debut tonight as the team will conclude their two-game series with the Tides at 7:15 p.m. from Knights Stadium. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Knights Throwback Hat, courtesy of TruGreen. The Knights will also wear their "1990 Throwback" jerseys tonight for "Flashback Friday". After a quick two-game road trip to Norfolk (Saturday-Sunday), the Knights will return home to Knights Stadium on Monday, July 22 to open an eight-game homestand.
Tickets for all games this season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at Knights Stadium, by phone at 704-357-8071 ext. 2106, or online at www.charlotteknights.com. Knights Baseball… Tradition Never Ends.
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