According to manager Dale Sveum, relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is headed back to the disabled list. The Cubs believe it could be another forearm strain. The Cubs placed Fujikawa on the DL with a forearm strain on April 13th and activated him off the DL on May 10th. Now it looks like Fujikawa reactivated his forearm and will be on the shelf for a little while.
Fujikawa actually pitched in today’s 5-4 comeback win for the Cubs today. He pitched 1.2 innings, just giving up one walk and striking out one. Fujikawa had to re-injured his forearm in today’s game.
On May 21st, the Cubs claimed relief pitcher Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals and he’s the likely candidate to take Fujikawa’s spot on the roster. He’s also the only relief pitcher in Iowa that is on the 40-man roster. Another reason he’s the likey replacement. He’s been pitching for Triple-A Iowa since being in the Cubs organization.
Fujikawa will be re-evaluated in Chicago tomorrow and the Cubs will have a decision before they take on the Chicago White Sox tomorrow. He said it’s the same injury that put him on the DL the first time.
The move is still to be determine, but we will find out soon enough.