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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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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. Dec 15 - 10:01 AM

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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.
Dec 12 - 8:40 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.
Dec 12 - 6:09 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.
Oct 30 - 4:35 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.
Aug 6 - 3:09 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
Aug 5 - 11:07 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.
Aug 2 - 7:27 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.
Jul 22 - 10:12 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.
Jul 21 - 5:30 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Tomas Telis
3Chris Gimenez
4Jorge Alfaro
1B1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
3Tommy Field
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3Luis Sardinas
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Jake Smolinski
2Ryan Rua
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Michael Choice
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Ross Detwiler
6Nick Martinez
7Nick Tepesch
8Martin Perez
9Luke Jackson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Tanner Scheppers
4Robbie Ross
5Scott Baker
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Phil Klein
8Alexander Claudio
9Jon Edwards
10Lisalverto Bonilla
11Spencer Patton
12Roman Mendez
13Michael Kirkman
14Anthony Bass