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21 Kyuji Fujikawa RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 | Birthdate: 7/21/1980 | Birthplace: Kochi City, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Texas | College: | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/2029077.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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RP Kyuji Fujikawa signs with independent Japanese team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Former Rangers reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has been signed by the Fighting Dogs, an independent Japanese team in his hometown of Kochi, per the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

The 34-year-old Fujikawa struggled mightily for the Cubs and Rangers in 29 appearances over the last three seasons, compiling a 5.74 ERA and allowing 31 hits in 26 2/3 innings.

He was released by Texas on May 22.


Rangers release RP Kyuji Fujikawa


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Five days after designating reliever Kyuji Fujikawa for assignment, the Rangers have announced that they have given him his unconditional release.

Fujikawa did not distinguish himself in the two games in which he appeared this season, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings. His career ERA is 5.74.


Rangers put Ross Detwiler on DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) The Rangers placed pitcher Ross Detwiler on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder, per the Star Telegram. Detwiler is 0-5 and felt soreness in his last start, on Thursday.

RHP Tanner Scheppers was called up from Triple-A to take Detwiler's spot. 

The Rangers also called up Ross Ohlendorf from Triple-A. Ohlendorf hasn't made a Major League appearance since September 18, 2013. He was 2-1, 4.35 in Triple A.

To open a spot on the 40-man roster, pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa was designated for assignment. 


Rangers RHP Kyuji Fujikawa makes season debut on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa made his season-debut in Thursday's loss to the Royals. Fujikawa, who had been sidelined all season with a groin injury, was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day.

He pitched a perfect eighth inning on Thursday, though he admitted to not feeling at 100 percent.

"I'm just going to go out there and give it all every day, every inning," Fujikawa said, per MLB.com. "I didn't really feel at my best, but I'm going to give it my best."


Rangers activate RHP Kyuji Fujikawa, option RHP Spencer Patton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) The Rangers have reinstated right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day disabled list after his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock.

Fellow righty Spencer Patton has been optioned to the same team to make room on the roster for Fujikawa.

The 34-year-old Fujikawa, who could make his Texas debut Thursday against Kansas City, performed well in relief during his assignment. He held opponents to a .194 batting average and gave up four runs in 9 1/3 innings. He did struggle with his control, walking nine.

Fujikawa signed a free agent contract with Texas in December after two years in the Cubs organization. Tommy John surgery sidelined him for 14 months.


Rangers expected to activate Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) from DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) The Rangers are expected to activate reliever Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) prior to Thursday's contest at home against Kansas City, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Fujikawa opened the season on the disabled list, and his 30-day rehab assignment will come to an end on Wednesday, though the Triple-A Round affiliate was rained out, giving general manager Jon Daniels the opportunity to reinstate the right-hander in time for Wednesday's clash against the Royals, giving Texas more depth in the bullpen.


Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa throws one inning in rehab appearance


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa allowed one hit in one scoreless inning of work for Triple-A Round Rock on his rehab assignment.

Fujikawa, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, has now thrown 2 1/3 innings for Round Rock without allowing a run.


Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa's rehab stint to end on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is nearly done with his rehab assignment in Triple-A Round Rock, which will be complete on Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News. The pitcher, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, has tossed seven strikeouts with nine walks in 8 1/3 innings of work on his assignment.

Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to be evaluated Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa was able to throw 1/3 of an inning on 10 pitches for Triple-A Round Rock Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Fujikawa, who has spent the first three weeks of the season on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, threw 10 pitches in the scoreless appearance. It was his fifth rehab appearance in Triple-A and Fujikawa is expected to be re-evaluated Monday in Arlington to decide what the next step is.


Rangers' Kyuji Fujikawa tosses one scoreless inning Friday in Triple-A


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa was able to throw one scoreless inning Friday for Triple-A Round Rock as a part of his rehab assignment, reports MLB.com.

Fujikawa, who is on the 15-day DL with groin tightness, struck out one and needed 18 pitches to get through the inning. He will have at least one more rehab appearance before Texas will consider bringing him back to the major league club.


Rangers transferring pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to Triple-A for rehab


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) The Rangers are moving pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to Triple-A Round Rock to continue his rehab assignment, reports FOX Sports Southwest. 

Fujikawa, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, was with Texas' Double-A affiliate for his rehab assignment where he allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits in one appearance. He is expected to pitch Friday.


Rangers' Kyuji Fujikawa begins Double-A rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa began a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco Tuesday, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits.

Fujikawa is working his way back from a groin injury. He threw 21 pitches in the rehab debut.


Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa tosses 30 pitches Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa threw 30 pitches in a simulated game Sunday without any issues and could head to his Double-A rehab assignment soon, reports MLB.com.

Fujikawa, who is currently on the 15-day DL with groin tightness, needs to be able to perform fielding drills before he can head to Double-A Frisco. He posted a 4.85 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 13 innings in 2014 with the Cubs.


Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to throw bullpen Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa will throw a bullpen session Friday in Arlington as a part of his rehab back from a groin injury, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Fujikawa is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury and is unclear when he will be able to return to the bullpen. He has posted a 5.04 ERA with two saves in 27 career appearances in the majors.


Rangers' Banister: 'The bullpen will be a work in progress'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Rangers open the season with no left-handed reliever in the bullpen, and three potential relievers -- Tanner Scheppers, Kyuji Fujikawa and Lisalverto Bonilla -- on the disabled list. 

“The bullpen will be a work in progress,” manager Jeff Banister said, per The Dallas Morning News. “It was the biggest question mark all spring training.”

General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers have had some recent conversations about adding a left-handed reliever, but nothing has materialized. 

“We’re going to have to be very good at what our strengths are,” Banister said. “We will have to find appropriate matchups. Above all else, we’re going to have to throw strikes.”


Anthony Bass and Keone Kela make Rangers' roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Rangers finalized their Opening Day roster, with Anthony Bass and Keone Kela earning spots on the team.

The RHP Bass had a 5.79 ERA in five games. Brought to spring training as a non-roster invitee, the Rangers added him to the 40-man roster. 

The RHP Kela was also added to the Opening Day roster. 

RHP Sam Freeman was designated for assignment after posting a 9.45 ERA this spring.

Four players were also placed on the 15-day disabled list: LHP Matt Harrison (back), RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (groin), RHP Tanner Scheppers (ankle) and RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (elbow).


Rangers' Lisalverto Bonilla, Kyuji Fujikawa to open season on DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Rangers pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla received an injection for his elbow discomfort, according to FOX Sports Southwest on Friday. Both he and Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) will open the season on the disabled list for the Rangers, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

Rangers' Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) will visit doctor in Arlington


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is experiencing tightness in his right groin, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is expected to be evaluated by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, leaving his status for the start of the regular season up in the air. He allowed five earned runs over seven innings of work in Cactus League action.

Rangers' Fujikawa confident in return from Tommy John surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch Friday, and the Rangers will be keeping a close eye on the pitcher to determine if he has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need time in the minors to open the season, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa hasn't allowed a run in four Cactus League outings but has struggled a bit in two camp games. He remains confident his recovery is on track.

"This is still spring training, not the regular season," Fujikawa said. "It's only going to get better. Coming into spring training, the surgery was out of my mind. As a player, I am really confident. I am not sure what my role will be, but I'll be confident whatever the situation is."

Manager Jeff Banister is looking for the pitcher to build off his spring success.

"The guy is coming off Tommy John," Banister said. "There are good days and bad days. He has logged a couple of good ones. Let's see that continue."


Rangers' Maddux on Fujikawa: He's a 'prototypical Asian pitcher'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rangers reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who was sidelined for more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2013, is hoping to prove his coaching staff this spring that he belongs in a major-league roster, according to the Star Telegram.

"I have a lot of pride in myself, too," Fujikawa said. "I really have to look at it that way."

Fujikawa, 32, signed a one-year, $1 million minor-league deal with the Rangers this offseason. He's logged two scoreless innings and has appeared in some minor-league games this spring. Pitching coach Mike Maddux has been impressed with what he's seen out of Fujikawa thus far.

"He was one of the best of all-time, from what we understand," Maddux said. "In the short look that we've had, he's a prototypical Asian pitcher. He's got that invisible split that hitters just don't seem to recognize. He's similar to some of the guys we've seen in the past."


Kyuji Fujikawa gets one-year, $1 million deal from Rangers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal -- plus bonuses -- with the Rangers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Report: Rangers, Kyuji Fujikawa agree to deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Rangers have agreed to a deal with pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa will have to pass a physical before the deal is finalized, and that's no small hurdle to clear after having elbow surgery this past season. He made his season debut in early August and managed to post a 4.85 ERA and 17:6 K:BB ratio in 13 innings with the Cubs.


Cubs decline option on Kyuji Fujikawa


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Cubs have declined an option on pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, according to the Chicago Tribune

Fujikawa pitched just 25 innings with the Cubs over the past two seasons, making it easy for the club to decline a $5.5 million option. With Fujikawa gone, the team's 40-man roster sits at 35. 


Kyuji Fujikawa might eventually get shot at closer role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Rick Renteria has not ruled out the possibility of right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa earning save opportunities down the road, MLB.com has reported.

Fujikawa, who recently returned from an elbow injury that landed him on the 60-day disabled list, notched two saves in 2013. He made his 2014 debut with the Cubs on Wednesday and hurled one shutout inning.


Kyuji Fujikawa activated off 60-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Cubs announced Wednesday they activated reliever Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) off the 60-day disabled list. He posted a 0.77 ERA, .171 opponents' batting average and 13 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings over 12 rehab appearances with three minor-league affiliates.