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Shingo Takatsu was released today by the White Sox according to an AP report.

Shingo had accepted an assigment to Charlotte, but a roster crunch probably forced the Sox hand.

I feel bad for Shingo, who quickly became a fan favorite last year with his big smile and knack for the 1-2-3 ninth. This season was a different story as he struggled with his control, and was never even close to as effective as he was last year. The language barrier and strange throwing motion made it difficult for Don Cooper to help Takatsu try to work his way back into form.

I wish Takatsu the best on his way out the door.