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During the offseason, the Chicago Cubs signed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who had saved 220 games in Japan since 2007, to a two-year, $9 million contract in hopes that he would help bolster the struggling bullpen. Now, they will have to wait until well into year two after the reliever went down for the season due to a torn UCL in his right elbow. NBC Sports.com's Drew Silvia reports that Fujikawa underwent Tommy John surgery on June 11 to repair the UCL.
MLB.com's Carrie Muskat confirmed the news late Tuesday afternoon.
#Cubs Fujikawa had successful surgery today. Underwent Tommy John
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 11, 2013
Fujikawa will miss not only the rest of 2013, but he will likely not return until the middle of next season. He pitched in only 12 games for the Cubs. Five of those games came before his first DL stint on April 13. He was 1-1 with a 12.46 ERA and 2 saves at that point. After a month-long stint on the disabled list (due to a sore forearm), he pitched much better in seven games, allowing only one run in 7.1 innings. His final season totals are 1-1, 5.25 ERA, and 2 saves.
Fujikawa last pitched on May 26. He left the game after feeling a pop in his right arm. His MRI three days later revealed the torn UCL. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery and declared it successful.
Muskat reports that the Cubs traded for left-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Washington Nationals to help fill the void left by Fujikawa's absence. Rodriguez is 0-1, 4.00 ERA, in 17 appearances this season. The Cubs sent Minor-League pitcher Ian Dixon to Washington.
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