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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: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.

Kyuji Fujikawa to return from disabled list this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa will be activated from the disabled list this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa made just 12 appearances last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. He's given up just one earned run in 11 2/3 innings during his rehab games at three different levels.


Kyuji Fujikawa to make another rehab appearance Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is expected to pitch again for Triple-A Iowa on Monday and could pitch on consecutive days before the team makes a decision on his reinstatement, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Fujikawa is nearing the end of his minor-league rehab assignment and his velocity is at approximately 87-89 mph. He has been sidelined for more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2013.


Kyuji Fujikawa nearing end of rehab stint


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa will make at least one more rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa as he nears the end of his rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

"He's getting there, and the end of his rehab stint is coming," general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. "I think he can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

Fujikawa has been sidelined for more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2013.


Kyuji Fujikawa moves rehab assignment to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) had his rehab assignment transferred from Class A Kane County to Triple-A Iowa Monday. 

Fujikawa has allowed one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings between six rehab appearances in the Rookie League and Class A. He has nine strikeouts and has walked two batters.


Kyuji Fujikawa transfers rehab assignment to Class A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, had his rehab assignment transferred from the Arizona League (rookie) to Class A Kane County.

The right-handed hurler tossed four scoreless innings for the AZL Cubs, allowing one hit and one walk. He had five strikeouts.


Kyuji Fujikawa hits 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday.

Fujikawa left a spring game due to the injury, and will need more time to recover. He was trying to come back from Tommy John surgery. 


Kyuji Fujikawa exits outing with apparent injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa left an extended spring training appearance with an apparent injury Monday, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa was making his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season. He called the trainer to the mound at one point before leaving the game. He's a long way from being able to contribute to the major-league team.


Kyuji Fujikawa placed on 15-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Fujikawa is recovering after Tommy John surgery. He's been able to throw during camp, but is still ticketed for a June return.


Kyuji Fujikawa 'moving along' in rehab process


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa threw 45 pitches Sunday as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, per ESPN.

"He’s slowly graduating to finally getting out there for live batting practice," manager Rick Renteria said. "He’s moving along. It’s good. It’s real good."


Kyuji Fujikawa throws off mound


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/3/2014) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa threw 29 pitches off a mound on Monday, according to MLB.com. It was his third mound session since having Tommy John surgery last June. 

Fujikawa, 33, had a 5.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 12 appearances in 2013, before undergoing surgery. With an estimated year needed to recover from the procedure, Fujikawa could be back in the majors after the All-Star break. 


Kyuji Fujikawa throws 20-25 pitches off mound


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He threw about 20-25 pitches, but there is still no timetable for his return to game action.

Kyuji Fujikawa has long toss session Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa took part in a long toss session Wednesday as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery, MLB.com reports.

Fuijikawa threw from about 135 feet in the session and is close to resuming mound work. He went 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 12 appearances last season before undergoing the surgery.


Kyuji Fujikawa close to throwing off a mound


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who is coming off Tommy John surgery in June, is playing catch 5-6 times per week, according to MLB.com. Fujikawa, who isn't expected back until at least June, is close to throwing off a mound.

Kyuji Fujikawa plays catch Monday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/7/2013) For the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June, Kyuji Fujikawa played catch Monday, according to MLB.com.

Fujikawa, considered a potential option at closer this past season with the Cubs, pitched only 12 innings in his first season in the majors, posting a 5.25 ERA with two saves.


Kyuji Fujikawa goes under the knife


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2013) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa underwent successful Tommy John surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews Tuesday.

Fujikawa, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list May 27, went 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA and two saves in 12 appearances for the Cubs before getting hurt. His estimated recovery time is 11 to 13 months.

Kyuji Fujikawa scheduled surgery for Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2013) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, after visiting with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andres Monday.

Fujikawa will miss the remainder of the season and is likely to be out until at least next June as a result of the procedure. 


Kyuji Fujikawa will need Tommy John surgery


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2013) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will require Tommy John surgery on his injured elbow, ESPN Chicago reports.

Fujikawa has been limited to just 12 games in 2013 due to the injury. Fujikawa was expected to win a chance at the Cubs' closer role at some point, but he will miss the remainder of the season due to the surgery.


MRI results for Kyuji Fujikawa due Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2013) Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa underwent an MRI Tuesday to determine the extent of his right arm injury, which has put him on the disabled list for the second time this season. The results of his exam aren't expected to be released until Wednesday, according to MLB.com.