Cubs activate reliever Kyuji Fujikawa

The Cubs' bullpen just (potentially) got a little stronger.
The Cubs' bullpen just (potentially) got a little stronger. USATSI

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The Cubs have gotten back a potentially important piece of their bullpen, as right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, the team announced on Friday. In order to make room for Fujikawa on the active roster, the Cubs have optioned reliever Rafael Dolis back to Triple-A Iowa.

Fujikawa, who had just been named closer at the time of his injury, has been on the DL since April 13 because of a forearm strain. The 32-year-old had pitched to a 12.46 ERA across five appearances in this, his first season in the U.S. major leagues. Fujikawa pitched 12 seasons in Japan, where he logged a career ERA of 1.77 for the Hanshin Tigers.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum had previously said that Kevin Gregg would remain the team's closer even after Fujikawa's return.

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