WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Rafael Dolis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Fujikawa, 32, landed on the disabled list, April 13, with a muscular strain of his right forearm. In two rehabilitation games between Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee from May 5-8, he tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while walking one and striking out two. He needed just 16 pitches to throw 2.0 scoreless innings in his final outing, May 8, vs. Birmingham with Tennessee.
In his first major league season with the Cubs, Fujikawa is 1-0 with two saves and a 12.46 ERA (6 ER/4.1 IP) in five relief appearances. He has held the opponent scoreless in three outings, allowing three runs apiece in his other two games, while striking out four and walking one.
Fujikawa pitched 12 seasons (2000, 2002-12) for the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, compiling a 42-25 record with 219 saves and a 1.77 ERA (136 ER/692.1 IP) in 562 appearances, all but 14 in relief. He signed a two-year deal with the Cubs, including a vesting/club option for a third season, during this past offseason.
Dolis, 25, has not allowed an earned run in two relief appearances (1.2 IP) spanning two stints with the Cubs this season. He has posted no record, one save and a 3.52 ERA (3 ER/7.2 IP) in eight relief appearances with Iowa.