Kyuji Fujikawa headed back to disabled list with forearm strain

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Kyuji Fujikawa already had one stint on the disabled list this season due to a right forearm strain, but now he’s facing another extended absence with what’s believed to be the same injury.

Fujikawa was placed on the 15-day disabled list today after he was forced to leave Sunday’s outing against the Reds. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Japanese right-hander is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow and the Cubs are “cautiously optimistic” that he’s dealing with the same injury. However, it’s worth noting that Fujikawa told Japanese media yesterday that he felt a “snap” in his elbow while pitching to Joey Votto.

Fujikawa, 32, has compiled a 5.25 ERA, two saves and a 14/2 K/BB ratio over his first 12 innings in the big leagues. The Cubs brought him on board over the winter with a two-year, $9.5 million contract.

Report: Nationals sign reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year deal

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Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.

Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.