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.
Fujikawa 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.