Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow and miss the rest of the season.
No date has been set for the surgery.
Fujikawa pitched 1? scoreless innings against Cincinnati on Sunday before leaving with the injury. He said through an interpreter that he “felt something” on a pitch to Joey Votto. It’s the latest setback for the Japanese reliever.
He signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal with the Cubs in the offseason, but his first season in Chicago hasn’t been easy.
The 32-year-old Fujikawa is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA, although he has 14 strikeouts in 12 innings. He also missed about a month with a strained right forearm.
Yankees stars get at-bats
Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis were hitless Wednesday in their first minor-league rehab game, working their way back from injuries for a return to the New York Yankees.
General Manager Brian Cashman said they’ll rejoin the Yankees on Friday against the Boston Red Sox unless there’s an unexpected setback. Both will play another game with the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Thursday night.
In seven innings, each went 0-for-2 with a walk in a 3-1 Trenton win against the Erie SeaWolves.
“We’re ready,” Teixiera said after the game. “I’ve been feeling good for weeks. I’m just feeling good about playing again.”
Teixeira has been sidelined with a right wrist injury since March, and Youkilis has missed nearly 30 games with a back injury.
Return of Rangers delayed
The Texas Rangers will have to wait longer to get back right-hander Colby Lewis and second baseman Ian Kinsler.
General Manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday that Lewis has been pulled off his rehabilitation assignment because of muscular soreness in his elbow. Lewis had surgery last July to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow.
Kinsler has been out since May 18 with bruised ribs and hasn’t taken part in baseball activities since. Daniels says Kinsler has developed a stress reaction in his ribs and has a “level of discomfort where he can’t play.”
Right-hander Alexi Ogando is set to make a rehab start Friday at Double-A Frisco. He has been out with right biceps tendinitis, but could be back in the Rangers rotation next week if all goes well.
Around the leagues
The Minnesota Twins activated third baseman Trevor Plouffe from the seven-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester. Colabello was 1-for-11 in five games. … The Baltimore Orioles recalled second baseman Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned infielder Yamaico Navarro to the same minor-league club. … The Atlanta Braves activated right-hander Jordan Walden from the disabled list and optioned Cory Rasmus to Triple-A Gwinnett. Rasmus struggled in his first two big-league appearances. He allowed five runs and three homers in 3? innings.