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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
Contract: view contract details

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Rangers released RHP Kyuji Fujikawa.
Fujikawa cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but he didn't want to report to Triple-A so the Rangers just cut him loose. He doesn't figure to be out of a job for long. May 22 - 3:23 PM

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Rangers designated RHP Kyuji Fujikawa for assignment.

Fujikawa missed the first six weeks of the season with a groin strain and then allowed three runs over 1 2/3 relief frames after being activated. He figures to pass through waivers given his $1 million salary.
May 17 - 1:51 PM

Rangers activated RHP Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day disabled list.

Fujikawa missed the first six weeks of the 2015 regular season with a groin strain. He had a 4.35 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 10 1/3 rehab innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. The 34-year-old right-hander will pitch in low-leverage situations for Texas.
May 14 - 1:27 PM

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

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, 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 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."
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 11:07:00 PM

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