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.
“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