Results tagged ‘ Kyuji Fujikawa ’

5/29 Fujikawa done for the season

Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is done for the season. An MRI revealed ligament damage on his right elbow, and he will have Tommy John surgery.

“It’s the first big injury of my career,” Fujikawa said Wednesday. “I’m trying to look forward and trying to come back strong.”

The right-hander, who was placed on the 15-day DL Monday for the second time this season, felt some discomfort on the first pitch to the Reds’ Joey Votto in the ninth inning Sunday. That was his second inning of work, and Votto was the seventh batter he faced in the game.

“I was definitely disappointed,” Fujikawa said about getting the MRI results. “I gave it my all, and I don’t have any regrets.”

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, he looked much sharper, and had given up one earned run over 7 2/3 innings in seven games for a 1.17 ERA. Sunday’s game was his seventh appearance since coming off the disabled list.

GM Jed Hoyer got the news Tuesday night and said the MRI revealed a rupture of the UCL in the right elbow.

“We’re disappointed, obviously,” Hoyer said. “Whenever we start talking about forearms, it concerns you. We were cautiously optimistic because the physical exam was positive. The thing about him saying he felt a ‘pop,’ to be candid, we were hoping
it might be something that was lost in translation. Obviously, he was right.”

The Cubs had MRIs of Fujikawa’s arm before they signed him last Dec. 7, and he was healthy.

“This was something that happened the other day,” Hoyer said. “It’s the nature of pitching.”

The Cubs and Fujikawa have not set a date for the surgery, nor have they picked a doctor. He was expected to have the procedure done in the U.S. The right-hander said he is confident he can come back and contribute to the Cubs.

– Carrie Muskat

5/27 Fujikawa to DL

The Cubs played Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained right forearm, which had sidelined him for one month earlier this season.

“We felt he was getting comfortable in his role here,” GM Jed Hoyer said. “We’re all frustrated that it’s happened twice.”

Fujikawa will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.

– Carrie Muskat

5/27 Cubs claim Burnett

The Cubs claimed right-handed reliever Alex Burnett from the Orioles on Monday and he was expected to join the team to replace Kyuji Fujikawa, who was likely to be placed on the disabled list. Fujikawa had to leave Sunday’s game because of soreness in his right forearm.

Burnett, 25, had appeared in two games with the Orioles this season, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks over 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander made a career-high 67 relief appearances for the Twins last season, going 4-4 with 10 holds and a 3.52 ERA. He led the club in relief innings and his 2.49 ERA prior to the All-Star break ranked fourth among American League relievers.

This season, Burnett was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in nine Minor League relief appearances between Triple-A Buffalo and Triple-A Norfolk. He made two relief appearances for Baltimore this month, totaling 1.1 innings, before he was designated for assignment on May 23.

– Carrie Muskat

5/26 Fujikawa hurt – UPDATED

Kyuji Fujikawa had to leave Sunday’s game, and may be headed to the DL again. He had some problems with his right forearm and had to come out of the game in the ninth. He’ll be re-examined on Monday in Chicago. Expect a roster move Monday. The Cubs are already short-handed with Shawn Camp on the DL. Blake Parker has been pitching well at Triple-A Iowa, but he’s not on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. Eduardo Sanchez, recently claimed off waivers from the Cardinals, is. There were reports Monday that Sanchez was not with the Iowa team, and could be headed to Chicago.

– Carrie Muskat

5/13 Post-game notes

* Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting streak to three games with his home run on Monday. It was his 376th career blast, tying him with Carlton Fisk for 69th on MLB’s all-time list.

* Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to four games. Welington Castillo is batting .382 in 15 home games.

* With Monday’s win over the Rockies, the Cubs have won three in a row, matching their season high. They are 11-9 since April 23.

* The Cubs totaled eight extra-base hits and lead the NL with 131. They also lead the NL in doubles.

* Kyuji Fujikawa pitched Sunday and Monday, his first back to back games since coming off the disabled list. That was by design, manager Dale Sveum said. Fujikawa will get Tuesday off, and likely pitch Wednesday. He had been sidelined with a strained right forearm.

– Carrie Muskat

5/10 Extra bases

* Starlin Castro was the Cubs’ leadoff man Friday by default.

“It’s just kind of process of elimination, really,” manager Dale Sveum said of his lineup against Nationals lefty Ross Detwiler. “The two choices were him and [Cody] Ransom, and having Ransom in the lineup, hopefully, he’ll hit a home run and I’d like him to do it with somebody on base.”

David DeJesus is the Cubs’ leadoff man against right-handed pitchers and Sveum was using outfielder Dave Sappelt there against left-handers but Sappelt was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Monday after batting .178 in 20 games with the Cubs. The other possibility against southpaw starters is Julio Borbon, Sveum said.

“He’s one of those hitters where he’s going to be the same hitter no matter where you put him in the lineup,” Sveum said of Castro.

Castro was looking forward to the switch.

“I like it,” Castro said. “Wherever he puts me, I’ll do my job.”

* When Kyuji Fujikawa last pitched for the Cubs in mid April, he was the closer. On Friday, the Japanese right-hander was activated from the 15-day disabled list and won’t be used in the late innings, Sveum said.

“We’ll ease him in right now to make sure everything is good — velocity, command, life,” Sveum said. “We’ll ease him into whatever situation, sixth, seventh inning, depending on the score of the game, obviously.”

Said Fujikawa: “Who knows what role I’ll play in? Whatever the manager says, I’ll pitch in that role.”

Fujikawa, 32, has been sidelined since April 13 with a strained right forearm. In five relief appearances with the Cubs before he was injured, Fujikawa was 1-0 with two saves and a 12.46 ERA. He did not like being sidelined.

“I let the team down, so I would like to contribute more,” he said.

* Edwin Jackson caught up with his former teammates on the Nationals prior to Friday’s game. On Saturday, it’ll be all business when the Cubs right-hander faces Washington and Stephen Strasburg.

“It’s going to be fun,” Jackson said. “I get to face 98 [mph] tomorrow. I talked to ‘Stras’ and told him I’ll be ready to swing it. Once the game starts, it’ll be no friends and they’ll be trying to get me and I’ll be trying to get them.”

Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs in the offseason and enters Saturday’s game 0-5 with a 6.39 ERA.

“It’s been a slow start, to say the least,” he said. “It’s not exactly how I had it envisioned. I feel good mentally, physically. I’m ready to go. I’ll continue to work hard and continue to grind out the season and finish strong.”

* The Cubs traded infielder Alberto Gonzalez to the Yankees for future considerations. Gonzalez made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, primarily to help in the infield while Darwin Barney was on the disabled list. In 11 games with the Cubs, he was 5-for-23 (.217).

– Carrie Muskat

5/10 Fujikawa back

The Cubs activated Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day disabled list, and optioned pitcher Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa. Fujikawa, 32, has been on the DL since April 13 with a strained right forearm. In two rehab games, he threw three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and walking one while striking out two. On Wednesday, he needed 16 pitches to throw two scoreless innings for Double-A Tennessee.

In five relief appearances with the Cubs before he was injured, Fujikawa is 1-0 with two saves and a 12.46 ERA.

Dolis, 25, did not give up an earned run in two relief appearances over two games with the Cubs. He had a 3.52 ERA in eight appearances at Iowa.

In other roster moves, reliever Kameron Loe was given his release. He was designated for assignment on Monday.

– Carrie Muskat

5/8 Fujikawa rehab outing

Kyuji Fujikawa threw 16 pitches over two innings in his second rehab outing Wednesday. The Japanese right-hander entered in the seventh for Double-A Tennessee against Birmingham, and retired the side in order, needing just six pitches. In the eighth, he gave up a leadoff single, then picked off the base runner. Of his 16 total pitches, 10 were strikes.

The reliever has been on the disabled list since April 13 with a strained right forearm. He was expected to join the Cubs this weekend in Washington to face the Nationals.

– Carrie Muskat

5/8 Gregg now closer

The Cubs are no longer going with a closer by committee. Kevin Gregg has won the job. Gregg is 5-for-5 in save situations since he joined the Cubs April 15. The right-hander was in the Dodgers’ Spring Training camp, then released on April 3. He signed with the Cubs on April 14.

“The problems we had, it was a great, great pickup and he’s ran with it, and done a heck of a job,” Dale Sveum said of Gregg, who has replaced Carlos Marmol, who was replaced by Kyuji Fujikawa. “[Gregg] is a veteran guy who doesn’t panic. He’s been in those situations before. Those last three outs aren’t made for everybody. He throws strikes and has some life on his fastball. He can work both sides of the plate, that’s the good thing about it.”

Marmol began the season as the Cubs closer but was removed after the first week of games. Fujikawa took over, but then went on the disabled list April 13 with a strained right forearm. Fujikawa was to make his second Minor League rehab outing on Wednesday and rejoin the Cubs in Washington this weekend.

So, is Gregg the Cubs’ closer?

“He seems to be,” Sveum said. “Gregg’s our closer. That’s pretty much the way it is right now. He’s obviously earned it and there’s a bigger sample out there now to know that.”

– Carrie Muskat

5/7 Extra bases – UPDATED

* Kyuji Fujikawa’s second rehab outing was postponed because of unplayable conditions. He was to have pitched for Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday, but the game was called after five innings. The Smokies trailed, 16-0 at that point. Fujikawa was to pitch Wednesday.

If all goes well, the right-hander will be activated from the disabled list in time for the Cubs’ weekend series against the Nationals. Fujikawa has been sidelined since April 13 with a strained right forearm, and pitched one inning in a rehab outing Sunday for Triple-A Iowa.

* Anthony Rizzo was batting .439 with seven doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs in his last 11 games, and has raised his average from .173 on April 25 to .262.

“The bottom line is you just get more comfortable,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Coming out of Spring Training, it’s totally different how pitchers will start pitching you, and you’ll see a lot more breaking balls as the season goes on which you don’t see much of in Spring Training, and you see different kind of pitchers. It’s just getting your at-bats and getting better pitches to hit, for one. He’s still a little bit aggressive, but right now he’s taking advantage of mistakes he’s getting.”

* Cody Ransom is the only backup infielder on the Cubs roster, and he’s been getting some extra work at first base in early batting practice. Rizzo is the regular but the Cubs don’t have a backup.

“You never know if [Ransom] will get over there one day,” Sveum said. “Hopefully not. Especially the way Rizzo is swinging against left-handed pitching. It’s a ‘just in case’ thing.”

* Right-handed pitcher Cory Wade, who was pitching for for Triple-A Iowa, was released, the Cubs announced. In 16 innings over 10 games at Iowa, Wade gave up 14 runs on 28 hits and walked seven while striking out 16.

– Carrie Muskat

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