Fujikawa returns to DL with right forearm strain

Fujikawa returns to DL with right forearm strain

CHICAGO -- Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm on Monday for the second time this season.

The right-hander, who was on the DL from April 13 to May 10 with the same problem, had to leave Sunday's game in the ninth inning. He said after the game the pain was similar to what put him on the disabled list earlier this season. Sunday was his seventh appearance since coming off the disabled list.

"We're cautiously optimistic that it's going to be the same thing he had before," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We'll find out more tomorrow."

Fujikawa will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

The Cubs' game against the Reds was tied at 4 when Cincinnati had two on and two outs in the ninth against Fujikawa. The right-hander said he felt some soreness on the first pitch to Joey Votto, who drew a walk.

Athletic trainer Ed Halbur then went to the mound, and Fujikawa was removed from the game. Kevin Gregg got Brandon Phillips to fly out and end the inning and also pitched the 10th, picking up the win in the Cubs' 5-4 victory.

Fujikawa has a 5.25 ERA in 12 games this season, giving up seven runs over 12 innings.

The Cubs' bullpen is already short-handed with Shawn Camp on the disabled list because of a foot injury.

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