May 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa (11) pitches against the New York Mets during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. The New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa Needs Tommy John Surgery


There was hope that Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was only dealing with a forearm strain, but testing showed otherwise and the 32-year-old pitcher will now go under the knife, this according to Patrick Mooney.

Per Mooney:

Cubs announce Fujikawa will need Tommy John surgery.

Fujikawa was in the midst of playing his first season the Major Leagues after spending the last twelve years in Japan as a member of the Hashin Tigers.

The adjustment from the NPB to the MLB wasn’t proving to be easy for Fujikawa as the right handed arm had a 5.25 ERA prior to being shut down, the ballooning ERA thanks to a couple big meltdowns against the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves.

Fujikawa is expected to return towards the middle of the 2014 season, a hefty blow to the Cubs who signed the Kochi native to a two year deal worth nearly $10 million dollars this past offseason (though there is a third option year, if the Cubs opt to exercise it).

Another tough blow in a long line of them for the Cubbie faithful.

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