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Kyuji Fujikawa | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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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

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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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Chris Valaika
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Chris Coghlan
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Felix Doubront
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Brian Schlitter
8Kyuji Fujikawa
9Jacob Turner