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Rangers Add to Bullpen by Signing Fujikawa



    Rangers Add to Bullpen by Signing Fujikawa
    The Chicago Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a muscle strain to his right forearm, the team announced Monday.

    It’s not a sexy move.

    But a savvy one.

    To strengthen their depleted bullpen, the Rangers signed right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

    Fujikawa, 34, played the last two seasons with the Cubs, amassing a 5.04 ERA over 27 appearances out of their bullpen.

    He’s also returning from Tommy John surgery performed in the summer of 2013.

    While the Cubs targeted Fujikawa as their closer, the Rangers will audition him as the one-inning setup man for closer Neftali Feliz.

    The Rangers won’t generate national buzz with this signing, but they have at least started the process of building a bridge to Feliz.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.