4/13 Fujikawa to DL

The Cubs placed closer Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a strained right forearm, and will go with a closer by committee for now.
Fujikawa, who blew a save situation on Friday but ended up with the win as the Cubs rallied against the Giants, has apparently been dealing with the discomfort in his forearm for a few days.

“The last couple days, it’s been bothering him a little bit,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Fujikawa tried to make it work on Friday.

“He even admitted that to stay away from discomfort, he was changing his arm angle,” Sveum said.

A closer for Hanshin in Japan for 12 years before signing with the Cubs this offseason, Fujikawa said he’s had this problem in the past and it usually sidelined him for 10 days. The move is precautionary, the pitcher said.

“Being in an important role with the team, if it’s not helping the team and hurting them, it’s better to make a decision,” Fujikawa said through interpreter Ryo Shinkawa.

Fujikawa replaced Carlos Marmol as the closer last Sunday in Atlanta, but Sveum won’t automatically go back to Marmol to finish games now. Shawn Camp and James Russell will likely be given the duties.

“It’ll probably come down to matchups and what happened earlier in the game,” Sveum said. “I don’t think I’ll use Marmol right now. That will be on down the road if anything like that happens. I want to keep [Marmol] in the role we talked about a few days ago. We’re not going to change that.”

— Carrie Muskat


Camp and Russell are best suited for their current roles. Marmol should go to Iowa or Tennessee to work on his issues. We should look to sign a closer from another organization or free agent who is undervalued. Look no further than Rodney with the Rays. His best years were thought to be long behind when Tampa signed the man, and he enjoyed a sensational 2012 season, and was a lock down closer for the winning club in the recent BCS. Don`t think he surrendered an earned run. Where does one find such an overlooked gem? Isn`t that what the folks in the scouting system are paid for?

Why are all of the Cub pitchers going to rehab? Sounds like the Cub Executives got the losers so they can keep their high salaries.

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