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Reliever Fujikawa rejoins Cubs

Kyodo

Right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who is coming off elbow surgery last year, rejoined the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and is set to come off the disabled list.

Cubs manager Rich Rentaria said the 34-year-old Fujikawa will be activated. A former Hanshin Tigers closer, Fujikawa moved to the majors last season, but hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since May 26.

“I just rejoined the team today,” said Fujikawa, who was in good spirits and played catch before the Cubs game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. “There were so many familiar faces.”

Fujikawa underwent Tommy John surgery in June last year, and began throwing in the minors on July 6 as part of his rehabilitation. He has a 1-1 record with two saves and a 5.25 ERA. Fujikawa is in the second year of a two-year deal, with the Cubs holding an option to re-sign him for a third season.