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Kyuji Fujikawa | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Tuesday.
It's not clear how many appearances he'll need before being activated, but it shouldn't be too many. Fujikawa figures to join the Rangers' bullpen soon. Apr 14 - 12:00 AM

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Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) threw a 30-pitch simulated game Sunday.

He'll be put through fielding drills next and could be cleared for a rehab assignment if that goes well. Fujikawa is tracking toward a return before the end of the month if he can avoid a setback.
Apr 13 - 8:11 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

Fujikawa was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. It's unclear whether the injury will keep him out for more than the minimum 15 days.
Apr 8 - 8:02 PM

Rangers placed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury.

Fujikawa suffered a groin injury near the end of spring training. There's no timetable for his return.
Apr 5 - 6:06 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday that he expects Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) to open the season on the disabled list.

Fujikawa suffered a groin injury earlier this week. It's not known at this point how long he might be sidelined. Fujikawa could have a pretty important role in the Rangers' bullpen if he can get healthy.
Apr 3 - 3:26 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa felt tightness in his groin and will be shut down for several days.

This opens up the possibility of a DL stint to start the season. The positive news here is that Fujikawa has not experienced any discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow. The Rangers signed the pitcher over the off-season and were hoping he might serve a set-up role with the team. If Fujikawa is sidelined for any amount of time, Jon Edwards will likely step into the eighth inning role.
Apr 1 - 11:45 AM

Rangers signed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year, $1 million contract.

The deal includes a club option for 2016. Fujikawa had an ugly 4.85 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 15 relief appearances this past season for the Cubs, but he should be better in 2015 as he moves further away from Tommy John elbow surgery. The 34-year-old could eventually work his way into a setup role in Texas.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:01:00 AM

According to Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com, the Rangers have agreed to a deal with Kyuji Fujikawa.

Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed and Fujikawa must still pass his physical. Provided he's healthy, the 34-year-old hurler could find his way into a setup role in front of Neftali Feliz in the Rangers bullpen. It's a nice low-cost signing for the Rangers.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 08:40:00 PM

TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are working on a deal with free agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa.

Sullivan notes that the deal would be pending a physical, as Fujikawa is working his way back from elbow surgery. His two years in Chicago were plagued by injuries and disappointment, posting a 5.04 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 25 innings. If healthy, the 34-year-old could be a nice addition to the Rangers bullpen.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 06:09:00 PM

Cubs declined RHP Kyuji Fujikawa's $5.5 million club option for 2015.

The Cubs will pay a $500,000 buyout to turn the page. Because of Tommy John surgery, Fujikawa ended up making just 27 appearances during his two seasons with Chicago.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Cubs activated RHP Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day disabled list.

Fujikawa impressed during his rehab assignment, posting a 0.77 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, the 34-year-old will be eased into things in low-leverage situations.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 03:09:00 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Fujikawa impressed during his rehab assignment, posting a 0.77 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old will be eased into things in low-leverage situations. "He came in today and said he's ready to go, however I want to use him," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We'll try to find a spot that suits him the best."
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 11:07:00 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) will pitch on Monday for Triple-A Iowa, and then the Cubs will have to make a decision on his roster status.

Fujikawa's rehab clock runs out on Tuesday, so the Cubs must make a roster move at that time. He has sat between 87-89 mph on his fastball in recent days. The Cubs want to see him pitch on consecutive days before entrusting him with a spot on the 25-man roster. Fujikawa is making the long journey back from Tommy John surgery.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 07:27:00 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) allowed one run on two hits over one inning Monday in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa.

Fujikawa, who is currently making his way back from Tommy John surgery, moved his rehab up to Triple-A on Monday after he made six scoreless appearances between rookie ball and Class A Wayne County. He could be ready to join the Cubs' bullpen after a handful of appearances in Triple-A.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:12:00 AM

Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) will continue his rehab at Triple-A Iowa.

Fujikawa, who is currently making his way back from Tommy John surgery, has made six scoreless appearances between rookie ball and Class A Wayne County. The 34-year-old could be an option for the Cubs' bullpen in short order.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 05:30:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Prince Fielder
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Adam Rosales
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Ryan Rua
2Jake Smolinski
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Carlos Peguero
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Derek Holland
2Yovani Gallardo
3Colby Lewis
4Ross Detwiler
5Nick Martinez
6Matt Harrison
7Martin Perez
8Yu Darvish
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Tanner Scheppers
4Kyuji Fujikawa
5Keone Kela
6Roman Mendez
7Lisalverto Bonilla
8Stolmy Pimentel
9Anthony Bass
10Logan Verrett