Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is close to
returning from the disabled list. The right-hander from Japan began throwing
bullpen sessions on April 26, getting up to 25 pitches. Manager Dale Sveum plans
to get Fujikawa up to approximately 35 pitches per session before sending him
to the Minor Leagues for rehab assignments. Sveum plans to have Fujikawa pitch
in at least two Minor League games before returning to the Major League
Fujikawa landed on the disabled list on April 13 after feeling
discomfort in his right forearm. Examination revealed a strain. Fujikawa had this injury before in Japan, and it caused him to miss ten games. His current time
on the disabled list officially ends on April 29, and he could resume his
bullpen sessions immediately afterward.
Fujikawa is 1-0 with a 12.46 ERA and two saves. He took over the
closer role just before his injury. The Cubs, meanwhile, have picked up Kevin Gregg, who has
converted his first three save opportunities. The Cubs are looking to solve their
bullpen problems that have plagued them for the past few seasons.
Chicago Cubs, Kyuji
Fujikawa Player Page, cubs.mlb.com as of April 28, 2013
Darci Miller, Fujikawa
Throws First ‘pen Session Since Landing on DL, cubs.mlb.com, April 27, 2013
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