Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to have Tommy John surgery


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The Chicago Cubs announced on Wednesday that reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will require Tommy John surgery. Fujikawa was signed to a two-year deal worth $9.5 million last winter.

It was hoped that Fujikawa had a forearm strain.

Fujikawa suffered the injury while pitching in Sunday’s win over Cincinnati. The pitcher said he heard a popping sound and was examined by a team physician on Monday.

The Cubs claimed Baltimore reliever Alex Burnett to replace Fujikawa in the bullpen.

On the year Fujikawa appeared in 12 games with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He also saved two games.

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