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Cubs notes: Fujikawa down again

5/27/2013

CHICAGO -- Will the Chicago Cubs end up regretting signing reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to a 2-year, $9.5 million deal?

After putting him on the disabled list on Monday they’ll undoubtedly be holding their collective breath as he undergoes an MRI on Tuesday. Fujikawa has already seen the disabled list once this season with a forearm strain.

“If it is the same injury twice, we’ll probably have to consider taking a little longer and having more caution with it,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday.

That seems like a best-case scenario. Worst case might involve going under the knife. Fujikawa had some similar arm problems in Japan but always came back from them. For him to go down twice in the first two months raises a red flag.

Camp's status: Shawn Camp was sent home from the Cubs last road trip due to a problem with his big toe on his right foot. His ERA for the season ballooned to 7.56 after giving up a grand slam in Pittsburgh.

“Toe’s been bothering him for a little while,” Hoyer said. “He’s going to rest it for a little bit. Hopefully he’ll crank it up here soon.”

Clevenger's health: Cubs catcher/infielder Steve Clevenger has been out since early in the season with an oblique strain after striking out to end a game in April. He’s slowly working his way back in Mesa, Ariz.

“He’s been abusing some of our guys playing intra-squad,” Hoyer said.

The Cubs have been short an infielder for quite some time and Clevenger was a very good option coming off the bench in spring training games. If he returns to the Cubs after a minor-league stint, expect an outfielder to be sent out.

Cubs vs. lefties: After a stellar night at the plate against White Sox lefty Jose Quintana the Cubs improved their record in games started by a left-hander to just 5-10. It’s one of the many baffling aspects to the Cubs' season from both a managerial and front office perspective.

“It’s kind of surprising, to be honest,” Hoyer said. “Traditionally (Scott) Hairston kills lefties. (Welington) Castillo, (Starlin) Castro and (Alfonso) Soriano should hit those guys well. (Darwin) Barney should be good against lefties. We really should be a decent team against left-handed pitching. We’re not, that much is clear. We have to figure out why we’re not. Going into the season I was a little worried about how we would fare against right-handed pitching.”

Cubs lefties have done a decent job against right-handed pitching. Sveum has threatened to adjust his lineup against southpaws but has yet to do so. Struggling left-handed outfielder Julio Borbon did hit a home run against Quintana on Monday.