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BASEBALL: Federal Way's Travis Ishikawa elects free agency
After a solid season for the Milwaukee Brewers, Federal Way High School graduate Travis Ishikawa is on the move. The Brewers outrighted Ishikawa to their Triple-A club Nashville, earlier this month. Ishikawa declined the assignment and became a free agent.
The 29-year-old didn’t play a single Major League game in 2011 after a shoulder injury.
Ishikawa mostly served as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement at first base for the Brewers after coming off the disabled list on June 25 after being sidelined since May with a left oblique strain.
The injury was a heart-breaker for Ishikawa. He had taken over as the Brewers’ starting first baseman after the team’s previous starter, Mat Gamel, suffered a torn ACL in his knee May 2 while chasing down a foul ball.
On the season, Ishikawa hit .257 with four home runs, 30 RBIs and 19 runs in 152 at bats.
Ishikawa had an impressive August for the Brewers. During the month, he played in 17 games and hit .353 in mostly pinch-hitting appearances.
After spending nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Ishikawa signed a minor league deal with the Brewers in December after shoulder surgery in June on his non-throwing arm. He suffered the injury while playing for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants’ AAA affiliate.
Ishikawa was a Giants’ draft pick out of Federal Way in 2002 and played 281 games for the team since 2006. He has a lifetime batting average of .264 with 19 home runs, 110 RBIs, 40 doubles in 740 at-bats for San Francisco and Milwaukee.
Ishikawa spent a bulk of the 2009 season as the Giants’ everyday first baseman after an impressive spring training. During that season, Ishikawa hit .261 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 120 regular season games.