Cubs closer Kyuji Fujikawa goes on disabled list
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org April 13, 2013 8:38PM
Updated: May 15, 2013 7:11AM
A day after getting his first major-league victory — and after his first blown save — Cubs closer Kyuji Fujikawa went on the disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle in his right forearm.
Fujikawa said he has had this injury before, calling it a ‘‘short-term’’ problem. He will be evaluated further, but indications are the injury doesn’t involve the elbow, manager Dale Sveum said.
The Cubs recalled reliever Rafael Dolis from Class AAA Iowa, but he won’t take the closer role. Nor will Carlos Marmol.
‘‘I don’t think I’ll use Marmol now,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘Maybe down the road, but I want to keep him in the role he is now [middle relief].’’
Sveum said he would decide who finishes games based on matchups and situations. Lefty James Russell and righty Shawn Camp are the leading candidates.
Fujikawa said he has felt the problem coming on gradually in recent days. It caused him to change his delivery during a ninth-inning appearance Friday against the San Francisco Giants. He lost a 2-0 lead, giving up three runs and three hits with a hit batsman and a wild pitch.
The Cubs came back to win the game, giving Fujikawa the victory.
Fujikawa said he didn’t feel he had command of his pitches and considered saying something before he pitched Friday. He said he didn’t want to continue trying to pitch without being effective.
‘‘We have a long season and it’s an important role for the team and I’m not helping the team,’’ he said through interpreter Ryo Shinkawa.