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Kyuji Fujikawa | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Cubs transferred RHP Kyuji Fujikawa to the 60-day disabled list.
This was merely a procedural move to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Fujikawa is still working his way back from a right elbow injury and suffered a setback during an extended spring training game in mid-April. He isn't expected to be an option for the Cubs until around mid-season. May 3 - 10:00 AM

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MLB.com's Phil Rogers reports that Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) left his extended spring training appearance Monday with an injury.

Fujikawa was making his first game appearance since Tommy John surgery, but he had to call the trainer to the mound before eventually exiting. It's not clear at this point whether he had a setback with his surgically-repaired elbow or something else. The Cubs should provide an update on his status at some point. Fujikawa had been shooting for a return around midseason.
Apr 14 - 7:13 PM

Cubs placed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Fujikawa is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery but has started facing hitters recently. He should be an option for the Cubs' bullpen in the first half.
Mar 30 - 3:54 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) is up to throwing 45 pitches and could throw live batting practice sometime this week.

The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last June, so it'll still be a few months before he's back in a Cubs uniform. He's in the final year of a two-year, $9.5 million deal and will look to show teams what he can do over the second half of the season.
Mar 23 - 1:54 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) made it through his second mound session Thursday without issue.

Fujikawa is getting back into the swing of things after a long recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The right-hander probably won't be available as a relief option for the Cubs until mid-2014.
Feb 27 - 11:31 AM

Kyuji Fujikawa threw off the mound Monday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Fujikawa, who had Tommy John surgery last June, threw 20-25 pitches. He's making progress, but likely won't be ready to rejoin the Cubs until around midseason.
Feb 25 - 3:25 PM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday that Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) "should be [throwing] off a mound here pretty soon."

Fujikawa is currently limited to flat-ground throwing as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. "I don't want to put any specific date timetables on him, but he should be [throwing] off a mound here pretty soon," Hoyer said. "Any time you have a Tommy John guy, you have concerns about setbacks. It's been a really good process so far. He's really excited about how good he does feel and how well the ball is coming out of his hand." Fujikawa isn't expected back until midseason.
Feb 13 - 7:08 PM

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

It's an end-of-season procedural move. Fujikawa had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in June and will likely miss the first half of the 2014 campaign.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:21:00 AM

Kyuji Fujikawa played catch Monday for the first time since his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

One initial step in the right direction. Fujikawa signed a two-year, $9.5 million free agent contract with the Cubs last winter but was out for good by late May. He'll try to get back to 100 percent health by the middle of 2014. The crafty 33-year-old still has a bright future in MLB.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

The reconstructive elbow procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews and deemed a success. Fujikawa has already been placed on the 60-day disabled list and is unlikely to be ready to pitch for the Cubs again until June of next season. He signed a two-year, $9.5 million free agent contract with Chicago this past winter.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 05:23:00 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews. Fujikawa, currently on the 60-day DL, will miss the remainder of 2013 and will likely be sidelined until at least next June. Signed to a two-year, $9.5 million deal over the winter, Fujikawa is doubtful to ever live up to his contract with the Cubs. He had a 5.25 ERA over 12 relief appearances this season.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 02:22:00 PM

Cubs transferred RHP Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Fujikawa needs Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will not pitch for the remainder of 2013. This was a procedural move to clear a 40-man roster spot.
Thu, May 30, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Kyuji Fujikawa needs season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

The hope was that he was dealing with a forearm strain, but it's actually the worst-cast scenario. It's brutal news for the Cubs, who brought Fujikawa on board over the winter on a two-year, $9.5 million contract. The surgery figures to keep him out of action until the early part of the 2014 season.
Wed, May 29, 2013 11:03:00 AM

Cubs placed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.

Fujikawa left Sunday's appearance against the Reds with the injury. It's the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month, so there has to be some concern. The Cubs plan to send him for an MRI on Tuesday. Kevin Gregg has the path cleared to save in Chicago for the time being.
Mon, May 27, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Kyuji Fujikawa was removed from Sunday's game against the Reds with a right forearm strain.

Fujikawa had to be taken out of the game in the ninth inning after giving up a walk to Joey Votto. It's the same injury that he dealt with earlier this season. Fujikawa will be examined Monday in Chicago and is expected to be placed on the DL.
Sun, May 26, 2013 05:56:00 PM

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2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Arismendy Alcantara
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Luis Valbuena
2Mike Olt
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Emilio Bonifacio
2Ryan Sweeney
3Chris Coghlan
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4James Russell
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Justin Grimm
8Brian Schlitter
9Zach Rosscup
10Kyuji Fujikawa