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Fujikawa to make return to Cubs this week

DENVER -- Kyuji Fujikawa joined the Cubs at Coors Field, and he is expected to be activated this week, possibly as early as Wednesday.

Fujikawa, 34, was limited to 12 games last season with the Cubs before he was sidelined with elbow problems, and he underwent Tommy John surgery last June.

In six rehab games at Triple-A Iowa, he gave up one run on five hits and one walk over six innings while striking out four. He's totaled 11 2/3 innings in Minor League rehab games with the Cubs' Rookie League team, Class A Kane County and Iowa, and has given up one earned run on seven hits and three walks.

"He came in today and said he's ready to go, however I want to use him," manager Rick Renteria said. "We'll try to find a spot that suits him the best."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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