Friday, May 10, 2013
Fujikawa activated, Loe released
By Jesse Rogers
The Chicago Cubs have activated reliever Kyuji Fujikawa from the disabled list and optioned Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa, the team announced on Friday.
Fujikawa has been rehabbing a right forearm strain that caused him to go on the disabled list on April 13. He was hit hard the day before in giving up three runs on three hits in one inning of work against the San Francisco Giants. Fujikawa said he felt discomfort at the end of spring training but tried to pitch through it.
Fujikawa pitched three innings of rehab between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa before being activated to the Cubs on Friday. Dolis has appeared in two games for the Cubs in two different stints with the major league team.
Fujikawa has appeared in five games for Chicago after signing a two-year deal in the offseason. He's 1-0 with two saves and a 12.46 ERA. He returns to the Cubs with Kevin Gregg officially named the closer recently by manager Dale Sveum.
"I’m going to ease him in to take a look at him, make sure everything's good, you know, velocity command, life and all that," Sveum said. "We're just going to kind of ease him into whatever situation, sixth, seventh inning, depending upon the score of the game, obviously."
Sveum says Fujikawa will return to an eighth- or ninth-inning role once he proves he's healthy.
"When he shows us everything’s good and healthy and velocity and life is really good on the fastball then we'll probably ease him back into that eighth or ninth inning-- eighth inning right now."
Fujikawa said he just wants to pitch right now, no matter the role.
"Who knows what role I'll play in, but wherever manager says, I'll pitch in that role," he said through a translator.
The Cubs also granted pitcher Kameron Loe his release. Loe was 1-1 with a 7.80 ERA.