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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cubs Injury Update: Kyuji Fujikawa activated

By on 8/06/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Chicago Cubs have activated reliever Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day disabled list, making Wednesday the first day he is eligible to pitch since May of 2013. Fujikawa was with the team Tuesday night at Colorado, but they made the move official Wednesday afternoon. To make room for him on the roster, they designated outfielder Nate Schierholtz for assignment.

Fujikawa has recovered from Tommy John surgery in June of 2013. The Cubs signed him out of Japan in December of 2012 to be their closer. When he went on the disabled list last year, he was 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA and two saves. However, after a shorter DL stint earlier in the season, he was 0-1 with a 1.17 ERA in seven appearances.

Fujikawa completed a 12-game rehab assignment from July 21 to August 4. He complied totals of no wins or losses but a 0.77 ERA with 3 BB and 13 K in 11.2 innings.

The Cubs have auditioned many closers, including Fujikawa, even before trading Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers last year. So far, they have settled on Hector Rondon, who is 14 for 18 in save opportunities this year. The Cubs have built their offense in the Minors, but they still need a dominant closer to become contenders before long. Fujikawa could get another chance at the job.

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