Tommy John surgery for Cubs’ Fujikawa
CHICAGO — Kyuji Fujikawa was one of the biggest moves of the Cubs’ off-season, brought in to solidify the middle relief corps and serve as insurance in the probability closer Carlos Marmol was gone after July.
But the Cubs never got much of an opportunity to see Fujikawa show that his dominant numbers in Japan could translate to the major leagues, and on Wednesday announced he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and be sidelined for the rest of the 2013 season.
The timetable for his return is unknown, but chances are he’ll only have a few months in 2014 to prove he’ll be healthy enough for the Cubs to pick up his $5.5 million option in 2015.
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