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  1. Kyuji Fujikawa undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jun 11, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat comes word that Cubs righty Kyuji Fujikawa underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, as expected, Tuesday afternoon in Alabama. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews, who deemed it a success. Fujikawa made only 12 relief appearances this season for the Cubs before straining the ulnar collateral ligament in his…

  2. 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…

  3. Kyuji Fujikawa headed back to disabled list with forearm strain

    May 27, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Kyuji Fujikawa already had one stint on the disabled list this season due to a right forearm strain, but now he’s facing another extended absence with what’s believed to be the same injury. Fujikawa was placed on the 15-day disabled list today after he was forced to leave Sunday’s outing against the Reds. Paul Sullivan…

  4. Cubs activate Kyuji Fujikawa from the disabled list

    May 10, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Kyuji Fujikawa is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a strained forearm. The injury cost him a chance to take over for Carlos Marmol as the Cubs’ closer, so he’ll slide back into a setup role in front of new closer Kevin Gregg. Chicago’s ninth-inning situation figures to remain…

  5. Kyuji Fujikawa on track to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Kyuji Fujikawa‘s first stint as the Cubs’ closer didn’t last long due to a right forearm strain, but he could get another chance soon. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Fujikawa threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session today, his second since he was placed on the disabled list earlier this month. While Cubs manager…

  6. Cubs may give Carlos Marmol another crack at closing

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    It sounds like Cubs manager Dale Sveum is just about ready to give Carlos Marmol another chance in the closer role just a week after stripping him of ninth-inning duties. “I would be lying to you if he wasn’t working his way back into it,” Sveum told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. “He is…

  7. Cubs place Kyuji Fujikawa on disabled list with muscle sprain in forearm

    Apr 13, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

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    The Cubs just named Kyuji Fujikawa as their closer last Sunday, but they’ll now have to go back to the drawing board for the ninth inning. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Fujikawa has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a muscle sprain in his right forearm. Rafael Dolis has been called…

  8. Cubs blow ninth-inning lead then rally to beat Giants

    Apr 12, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Starlin Castro homered in the fifth and played hero in the ninth, delivering a game-winning double as the Cubs avoided what would have been an ugly loss and defeated the Giants 4-3. The Giants scored all three of their runs off new Cubs closer Kyuji Fujikawa in the ninth, taking Matt Cain off the hook…

  9. Kyuji Fujikawa replaces Carlos Marmol as Cubs closer

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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    As first reported by Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have made a change at closer. Kyuji Fujikawa, who was signed to a two-year, $9.5 million free agent contract this winter after spending the last 12 seasons in Japan, will be Chicago’s new ninth-inning man. He struggled mightily in Saturday night’s late loss…

  10. Braves win on ninth-inning homers from Uptons

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton, Justin Upton

    Not only did B.J. and Justin Upton homer as teammates for the first time Saturday, but they did it in style, launching solo homers in the bottom of the ninth as the Braves came back to beat the Cubs 6-5. The Cubs were up 5-1 when the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom…

  11. Cubs sticking with Carlos Marmol after another ugly outing

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    After being yanked from his first save chance of the season Cubs closer Carlos Marmol escaped another mess with a save yesterday, but it wasn’t pretty as he allowed three hits and one walk before Neil Walker did him a huge favor by grounding into a game-ending double play. Despite the back-to-back ugly outings manager…

  12. Cubs survive another Carlos Marmol scare, beat Pirates 3-2

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    After Carlos Marmol‘s shaky showing got him pulled from a save chance on Opening Day, the Cubs reiterated that he was still their closer. Marmol, though, wasted no time in putting that to the test. Handed another 3-0 lead on Wednesday — thanks to a Nate Schierholtz homer providing two insurance runs in the top…

  13. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  14. Carlos Marmol yanked from first save chance

    Apr 1, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Carlos Marmol began the season as the Cubs’ closer, but manager Dale Sveum didn’t hesitate to yank the right-hander when things started to unravel. Handed a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning, Marmol struck out Garrett Jones and then hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch. McCutchen stole second base, Pedro Alvarez singled him home, and…

  15. 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is Theo Epstein pushing the Cubs any closer to contention? He most definitely is,…

  16. Report: The Cubs have told Carlos Marmol’s agent to “expect” a trade

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    There was a report earlier this week that the Cubs were looking to trade Carlos Marmol before the end of spring training. While that was quickly shot down, it appears that the erratic reliever could be on the move at some point in the future. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, top team…

  17. Cubs likely to trade Carlos Marmol before Opening Day

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Carlos Marmol was nearly traded to the Angels in November before Dan Haren‘s health squashed the deal, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs “will most likely” find another trade to move the closer before Opening Day. According to Levine “several teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are taking a hard look at”…

  18. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

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