The Cubs announced on Saturday afternoon that Kyuji Fujikawa would undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. Fujikawa will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday and have the season-ending procedure done on Tuesday. Fujikawa will be sidelined for at least a year. Both the Cubs and the veteran reliever are hoping he can pitch for the Cubs again at some point next season.
Kyuji Fujikawa signed a two-year contract with the Cubs last off-season worth $9.5 million and included an option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout. Fujikawa received a $1 million signing bonus with an annual salary of $4 million over the guaranteed two years.
The possible loss of Fujikawa for the remainder of the two-guaranteed years will force the Cubs to address the bullpen even further in the coming months and in the off-season. The way the Cubs’ 40-man roster is currently constructed, there are not many viable options moving forward in the bullpen outside of James Russell, Hector Rondon, Eduardo Sanchez and possibly Rafael Dolis.
The Cubs provided updates on both Shawn Camp and Rafael Dolis prior to Friday’s game against the Pirates.
Shawn Camp completed his second bullpen session, his first was during the team’s quick trip to Anaheim, on Friday. Camp is reportedly progressing well with his recovery from a sprained right big toe. The Cubs did not announce a timeframe for him being activated from the DL.
Rafael Dolis is on the shelf with a strained right forearm and is also progressing well according to reports. As with Camp, the Cubs have not given a timeframe for a possible return for Dolis from the 15-day DL.