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 2-3 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.