2/26 Fujikawa making progress

It was only 20, 25 pitches but it was the first time off a mound since he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa said he is continuing to make progress. Fujikawa threw off a mound Monday for the first time since having the procedure done last June.

“It’s one step at a time and it’s a long process,” he said Wednesday through interpreter Ryo Shinkawa.

The right-hander, limited to 12 games last season, his first with the Cubs, said he didn’t hesitate during his side session.

“I didn’t have any doubts because I was throwing with pretty good intensity on flat ground,” he said.

What’s next?

“All I can say now is I’m playing light catch today,” he said. “Anything can happen each day. I’m following the medical staff and the [athletic] trainer’s plan and following the schedule.”

The Cubs are hopeful Fujikawa can pitch for the big league team this summer.

— Carrie Muskat


Ground Hog Day……Scott Baker 2.0 story for 2014

Not really. Fujikawa was already under contract with the Cubs when he got hurt, while the Cubs signed Baker knowing that he was hurt and might not be ready in time for Opening Day. Plus Baker suffered several setbacks that kept him out a lot longer than originally thought. So far Fujikawa is on track to return in the summer, just over a year after Tommy John, which is a normal recovery time for that surgery.

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