6/8 Fujikawa to have surgery
Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa was expected to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday. Fujikawa will be examined by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday. An MRI in May revealed ligament damage to the reliever’s elbow.
The right-hander felt some discomfort on the first pitch to the Reds’ Joey Votto in the ninth inning May 26. That was his second inning of work, and Votto was the seventh batter he faced in the game. He compiled a 12.46 ERA in five games in April before going on the disabled list April 13-May 10 because of a strained right forearm. When he returned, Fujikawa looked much sharper, and had given up one earned run over 7 2/3 innings in seven games for a 1.17 ERA.
In 12 games this season, Fujikawa had a 5.25 ERA, giving up seven runs over 12 innings. This is his first season in the U.S. Major Leagues.