Fujikawa Should Have Started Season on Disabled List

According to a report from ESPN Chicago, Jed Hoyer admitted prior to Tuesday’s game against the Rangers that Kyuji Fujikawa should have likely started the season on the disabled list.

Fujikawa started feeling pain in his elbow, according to the report, at the end of Spring Training. The Cubs gave him time off toward the end of camp and they thought the rest would “get him right”. Hoyer said his command issues pointed to something he was “covering up.”

Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the DL prior to last Saturday’s game with a muscle strain in his right forearm. Soon after the news surfaced that Fujikawa was going on the shelf, the Cubs quickly clarified that his elbow was fine that the injury was to his forearm.

Fujikawa has not pitch as expected. As Hoyer pointed out, his command has not been there. In five games, 4 1/3 innings, Fujikawa issued only one walk while striking out four but he allowed eight hits. Fujikawa struggled with throwing strikes and once he fell behind, the opposing hitters teed off.

Dale Sveum said once Fujikawa returns he would be “the logical choice” to close games for the Cubs. The question is, when will Fujikawa return if he has been dealing with this since Spring Training?

The immediate signing of Kevin Gregg, and addition to the big league roster, coupled with claiming Kameron Loe off waivers, raises the question if the injury to Fujikawa is more than the Cubs are letting on.

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  • John_CC

    Not good. That was some really poor decision making.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

      Well put. I would add that it was irresponsible, as well. Some fans view Ricketts and the new FO as saviors. I’ll reserve judgement.

      • John_CC

        Everyone uses poor judgment sometimes. We all make mistakes. Sounds like Hoyer is admitting his. I’m sure he wouldn’t say it was his first and we all know it won’t be his last.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

          Aim high.

  • willie smith

    baker is still hurt, vizcaino is on ext ST and stewart was hurt when traded for. the FO use of medical records leave alot to be desired so far. now this……….
    i’d rather have more towel throwing BP sessions like the JH days.

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  • Ray Ray

    Fujikawa- 4.5 Mil

    Scott Baker 5.5 Mil

    Ian Stewart 2 Mil

    Scott Feldman 6 Mil

    Takahashi 1 Mil

    19 Million for these players. Now you ask what they could have done with the 19 Mil??

    2013 Contracts
    Kyle Lohse- 11 Mil

    Michael Bourn 7 Mil (that is what he is getting paid this year)

    18 Mil for those 2. You shop at WalMart and you get the Feldmans,Takahashi’s and Ian Stewarts.

    • Denver Mike

      Do you consider the two lost draft picks, along with the lost slot money allocated for those picks? Even if you believe that those draft picks are unlikely to become MLB players, giving up that slot money would make it very difficult to sign Appel or Gray over-slot and still sign our other picks. Not to mention Lohse and Bourn might give us 70 wins instead of 60-65….that’s not even worth giving up the picks, let alone having to pay them 18mil on top of it.

      • Ray Ray

        The first pick is protected and that is the only one that matters. They would have plenty of money to sign that pick.

      • Jason Penrod

        Ray Ray seems to have the Jim Hendry strategy… That’s where you sign aging veterans to untradeable deals and you set yourself up to possibly win 75-80 games for 2 or 3 years in a row. Then you suck again for 5 years just to start all over.

        • Ray Ray

          Jason seems to have the lets suck attitude. Why try to win? Lets wait for that 1 time when you have all your prospects miraculously come up at the same time. No injuries to your pitching staff and pray. Good thoughts Jason. You should like small market teams like Tampa,Pittsburgh, etc. By the way…How many of those small market teams won a WS? Yea…your right. ZERO

          • Nate

            At least Tampa’s been to a World Series in the last 100 years. I prefer Theo’s plan and building a complete organization.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Besides the draft picks, would Lohse and Bourn make that much of a difference? Lohse is 34 and is it reasonable to assume that on a 3 year deal, he’ll be as effective as he was last year? Bourn is 30 and would be 34 by the end of his deal. As a speed player, would you be willing to pay him $48 million with the chance he would be nothing more than a 4th OF by the end of the deal?

      Speculation aside. If you signed these two players, let’s look at their WAR from last season.

      Lohse: 4.3
      Bourn 4.1

      So if we take last year’s 61-101 record, if we add the 9 wins they’d add. That makes us 70-92. Signing them does nothing to fix their crappy bullpen and does little to fix their crappy lineup.

      • Ray Ray

        The WAR argument again? Lol. You sign better players to also give your team more trading chips. Lohse will have alot of value to a team in contention. Alot more value than Feldman and Baker….would you agree? Bourn could man CF until or if any of the prospects deem ready.

        • 07GreyDigger

          That may be true. But what team is going to pick up all the money in these deals, especially Lohse? I suppose if they were willing to take 1 yr deals maybe, but if I were Bourn or Lohse, I wouldn’t consider joining a team that has publicy stated that they are trading veteran assets for prospects.

          • Ray Ray

            I think both of those contracts are buyer friendly.