The Cubs announced the results of the MRI on Kyuji Fujikawa’s right elbow on Wednesday morning, and the results were not what the Cubs were hoping.
Kyuji Fujikawa will undergo season ending Tommy John surgery which means he will likely be sidelined for the remainder of the two-year contract he signed with the Cubs in the off-season. According to the Sun-Times, the Cubs are optimistic he will be able to pitch again next season.
The Cubs have not announced when the surgery will take place but this is a blow to the Cubs attempt to build a bullpen. Fujikawa has not picked a doctor or set a date to have the surgery.
Jed Hoyer said the elbow popped on the last pitch to Joey Votto. The length of his outing had no impact on the injury. Fujikawa had reached his pitch limit and Dale Sveum was on his way out to remove him from the game when he called the trainer out in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.
The Cubs signed Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million contract that includes a club option for the 2015 season. Fujikawa will make $4 million in 2014. The club option for 2015 is performance based and vests at $5.5 million or $6 million with a $500,000 buyout.