Sveum caves and finally names Gregg closer. Fujikawa will work as a setup guy when he comes off DL.
Fujikawa threw 32 pitches in bullpen; will have one more pen, then go to Iowa Sunday. #Cubs
SportingNews.com "The Chicago Cubs have placed closer Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list because of a right forearm sprain, according to ESPNChicago.com. Fujikawa, who signed two-year, $9.5 million contract after spending the previous six seasons in the Japan Central League, had just been named closer..." April 13
Fuji is new closer. Marmol out.
Cubs Sveum on Marmol: "He's still the closer. I'm not making any changes or anything like that, he just didn't have it today."
CSN Chicago "Kyuji Fujikawa and Carlos Marmol have lockers at opposite ends of the clubhouse. But the Cubs see them working side-by-side in the eighth and ninth innings, at least for the next few months. The Cubs changed the formula during Thursday’s 5-3 win over Oakland at HoHoKam Stadium. It went Marmol..." March 01
Chicago Tribune "In this curious tale of baseball hexes, the man who helped end the Curse of the Bambino for the Red Sox brought in a reliever who endured another one to try to end the Billy Goat Curse. And if Cubs President Theo Epstein and new setup man Kyuji Fujikawa pull this one off, they're likely to go..." February 17
ESPN.com "After just a few days with his new team in a new country, Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa says he's adjusting well to his new surroundings -- on and off the field. "American food is good," Fujikawa said through an interpreter before a bullpen session on Thursday morning. "Very exciting...." February 14
Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs pitchers and catchers don’t start official spring-training workouts until Tuesday, but the team’s newest relief ace, Kyuji Fujikawa, already has put in three days of bullpen work. ‘‘Yeah, I’m ready,’’ he said Saturday with a smile, in English before his interpreter had a chance to..." February 10
CSN Chicago "Kyuji Fujikawa heard the question and didn’t need to wait for the translation: “I’m ready.” Fujikawa wants this after 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers, another historic team with a huge following and an ivy-covered stadium. The Cubs view him as their closer of the future, and the sense is..." February 09