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Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa needs Tommy John surgery

May 29, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a strained forearm and the Cubs just announced that the 32-year-old reliever will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.

That means Fujikawa will miss the remainder of this season and likely be sidelined well into 2014 as well. After eight seasons as a dominant reliever in Japan, where he posted an incredible 1.26 ERA in 541 innings, Fujikawa signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal with the Cubs this offseason.

If healthy he likely would have been in line to replace Carlos Marmol as closer at some point, but Fujikawa has been dealing with arm problems all season and allowed seven runs in 11 innings in between disabled list stints.

  1. deelock - May 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Demolish Wrigley Field.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Don’t worry. The bespectacled Proven Closer (TM) has got this.

  3. drsodrel - May 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    marmol hasn’t closed since the first week. KG was a steal!!

  4. gmsalpha - May 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Hmmm…..these arm problems just happen to appear when he comes to Chicago? Sounds like the Japanese team probably knew about it and decided it was a good “sell high” opportunity. Poor Cubbies!

    Then again, it could just be a coincidence. :|

    • jwbiii - May 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Fujikawa was a free agent. No posting fee or selling.

  5. 13arod - May 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    deelock they will never i repeat NEVER tear down wrigley field

    • deelock - May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      I’m telling you, the source of the WS drought is Wrigley Field. If the Cubs are gonna will it all, Wrigley’s gotta go.

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