MLB Notes: Cubs activate Fujikawa

Kyuji Fujikawa #11 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates....

Kyuji Fujikawa #11 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP

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The Chicago Cubs activated right-handed pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day disabled list following an almost 14-month recovery from Tommy John surgery.

The Cubs also said outfielder Nate Schierholtz has been designated for assignment.

According to reports, Miami Marlins right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner was claimed off waivers by the Cubs.

Fujikawa will be available for the Cubs on Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Fujikawa, 34, returns to the Cubs following his recovery from Tommy John surgery June 11, 2013. He made his major-league debut with the Cubs last season after pitching 12 years with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan’s Central League. Fujikawa appeared in 12 games last year, recording the save on Opening Day, and went 1-1 with two saves and a 5.25 ERA. He twice landed on the disabled list, first on April 13 with a right forearm strain, and again on May 27, the day after walking off the mound due to injury with surgery soon to follow.

Fujikawa combined to make 12 rehab appearances with three minor-league clubs in the past month, posting no record and a 0.77 ERA.

Schierholtz, 30, batted .192 with six homers and 33 RBIs in 99 games for the Cubs this season. He signed with the team prior to the 2013 campaign, when he went on to hit a career-best 21 home runs.

The Marlins designated Turner for assignment on Tuesday. He has struggled while splitting his time between the rotation and bullpen this season, posting a 4-7 record and 5.97 ERA in 78 1/3 innings.

TWO SUSPENDED

Two players were suspended Wednesday following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said San Francisco Giants minor-league right-handed pitcher Jacob Dunnington received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The suspension of Dunnington, who is currently on the roster of single-A Augusta of the South Atlantic League, is effective immediately.

Cincinnati Reds minor league shortstop Cesar Mejia received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.

The suspension of Mejia, who is currently on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Reds, is effective immediately.


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