The Chicago Cubs today selected the contract of outfielder So Taguchi from Triple-A Iowa.
Taguchi, who wears uniform No. 99, is available for tonight's game at Wrigley Field against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05 p.m. CT. The Cubs now have 33 players on their active roster, and their 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.
A right-handed batter and fielder who has played in all or part of seven major league seasons, Taguchi signed a minor league deal with Chicago in January of this year. He went on to hit .248 (64-for-258) with eight doubles, a triple, four homers and 29 RBI in 85 contests for Iowa, seeing time at all three outfield positions. He was on the disabled list, May 1-June 1, with a left calf strain but responded by hitting .319 (22-for-69) in 24 June contests.
Taguchi, 40, is a career .279 hitter (379-for-1,358) in 666 major league contests with St. Louis (2002-2007) and Philadelphia (2008), having won World Championships with the Cardinals in 2006 and the Phillies last season. He owns a .977 career fielding percentage (17 E/746 TC) in 273 games in left field, 226 in center field, 124 in right field and three at second base.
His most recent major league action came last season for the Phillies, after signing with the club in December of 2007. He appeared in 88 regular season contests, and was on the Phillies post-season roster for all three rounds, appearing in four games of the NLCS against the Dodgers.
Taguchi played in 130 games for St. Louis in 2007, hitting .290 (89-for-307) with 15 doubles, and led all major leaguers with a .407 pinch-batting average (13-for-32) while his 13 pinch-hits ranked ninth in the big leagues. In 2006, he appeared in 11 post-season contests for St. Louis, batting .400 (6-for-15) with two homers and four RBI, en route to the World Series title.
Prior to his time in the majors, Taguchi enjoyed a successful 10-year run in the Japanese League in which he hit .277 (1,134-for-4,094) in 1,107 games for the Orix Blue Wave from 1992-2001. He won five Gold Glove Awards with Orix, where he batted above .275 on six occasions.