From the Wire: Cubs DFA Nate Schierholtz, Activate RHP Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-Day DL

The Cubs announced two roster moves Wednesday afternoon.

The team designated OF Nate Schierholtz for assignment to make room on the 40-man and active roster for RHP Kyuji Fujikawa.

Kyuji Fujikawa is with the Cubs in Denver and will be available out of the bullpen for Wednesday’s game. The Cubs staff is back to 13 pitchers, five starters and eight relievers.

With the two roster moves, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

RHP Kyuji Fujikawa had season ending Tommy John surgery last June after pitching in only 12 games for the Cubs. Fujikawa was 1-1 with two saves and a 5.25 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

PrintFujikawa made 12 rehab appearances with the AZL Cubs, Kane County Cougars and Iowa Cubs. In 11 2/3 total innings, Fujikawa allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts. Fujikawa’s rehab assignment ended Tuesday. There are concerns about his velocity, upper 80s, not being where it needs to be at this point of his recovery.

The Cubs signed Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year contract worth $9.5 million in December of 2012 that includes a club option worth $5.5 million for the 2015 season with a $500,000 buyout.

After a very good season a year ago in which he hit .251/.301/.470 with 32 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs and a .770 OPS in 137 games, Nate Schierholtz has struggled all season. Schierholtz has managed a .192/.240/.300 line in 99 games with 10 doubles, three triples and six home runs.

The Cubs were trying to move Schierholtz before the deadline and he should be able to help a contending team as a fourth or fifth outfielder off the bench. Schierholtz and the Cubs avoided arbitration last winter and agreed on a $5 million contract for the 2014 season. Schierholtz becomes a free agent at the end of the year.

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  • big Dave

    Good bye nate

  • Ray Koenig

    Cubs also claim Jacob Turner.

    • Neil

      Will have that up soon, waiting on confirmation. Only Bowden right now reporting the claim.

    • Ryan

      Ray, Neil, or Others –

      Does this mean we ‘get’ him or do we have a few days to work out a deal? Sorry, this is just one of those rules that I know has multiple different scenarios and I honestly just don’t understand it.

      • Ray Koenig

        Marlins can deal him to the Cubs or pull him off waivers.

      • Neil

        The Cubs will still have to work out a deal with the Marlins. Will likely happen, and he will have to be placed on the 40 man and active roster

      • mutantbeast

        I beleive they have 481/2 hrs to make a deal or pull him back. Frankly, Im mystyfied why the Rox didnt stake a claim on him.

    • SirGladiator

      That is a HUGE get. We actually tried to trade for him a couple years or so back, and were prepared to give up a lot to get him. He’s a bigtime Superstar waiting to happen, the problem was the GM of his team decided to give the Cubs the middle finger by saying ‘you want to trade Garza for Turner? I’ll show you how little we need another pitcher, I’ll just bring Turner up right now!’ and of course that worked out about as well as you’d expect. They brought him up before he was ready, he sucked, and now we’re going to get him for a fraction of the price! Sweet justice :) . Now that he’s finally where he belongs, with the Cubs, he will be treated properly, we’ll send him to AAA (or even AA if that’s appropriate) and give him the time he needs before we bring him up. And when we do bring him up, he’s going to be a big star!

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  • mutantbeast

    Ill say this, if we get Turner and he becomes another Jake Arrieta, with the offense we got coming, look out.

    • BillyFinT

      Diff. is Jake already had 3 FULL seasons @AL East, while Jacob less exp. (unproven) at the Big.

  • mutantbeast

    Bosio might be the perfect pitching c oach for Turner also. Kid has a nice 2 seamer, but has problems commanding his secondary pitches. A winter together with DJ and Bosio might make this kid into a big time ML pitcher.

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