In his first major-league season, Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will need to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar-collateral ligament in his right elbow, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, manager Dale Sveum and Fujikawa himself told reporters on Wednesday (the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan).
Normal recovery time from Tommy John surgery these days is generally about a year, though it takes longer for some. So, Fujikawa's season is over.
Fujikawa, 32, signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal this past offseason after being a very successful closer in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball -- with 220 career saves, a 1.26 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.
Fujikawa posted a 5.25 ERA, which was due mostly to two terrible outings before to a DL stint. He has a 1.08 WHIP and 14 strikeouts against two walks and posted a 1.17 ERA in seven outings since returning from the disabled list.