Cubs closer Kyuji Fujikawa hasn't looked 100 percent right so far this season.
A 12.46 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP might have been tipoffs. On Saturday, the Cubs placed Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with what they described as a right-forearm strain. To replace Fujikawa, the Cubs recalled right-hander Rafael Dolis from Class AAA Iowa.
The move came one day after Fujikawa blew a save and gave up 3 hits and 3 runs in the ninth inning of the Cubs' 4-3 victory over the Giants at Wrigley Field.
"It started a couple days ago, throwing in games," Fujikawa said through his interpreter. "I felt my command wasn't there (Friday)."
The Cubs said no MRI was performed on Fujikawa and that his elbow is not affected. The 32-year-old reliever signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract in December after starring in Japan with Hanshin.
He had just replaced Carlos Marmol as the closer after Marmol struggled. While Fujikawa is on the DL, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he will go on matchups and how bullpen is used early in games to determine his closer.
However, Sveum said Marmol is not in the mix to close, meaning it's likely right-hander Shawn Camp and lefty James Russell will share the closer duties.
Fujikawa said he has suffered similar maladies "maybe once or twice" over "a 10-day span" earlier in his career.
Catcher-infielder Steve Clevenger struck out swinging to end Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Giants. He immediately crumpled to the ground in obvious pain with what looked to be a left-oblique injury.
Clevenger was examined and taken for an MRI. Depending on the severity, he could wind up on the disabled list Sunday.
Right-hander Scott Feldman will have his next start pushed back to Saturday at Milwaukee because of back tightness. Feldman (0-2, 6.00 ERA) pitched Thursday against the Giants.
Monday's off-day allows the Cubs to skip Feldman's turn. Edwin Jackson starts Sunday's series finale against the Giants. They'll send Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva and Jeff Samardzija against the Rangers on Tuesday-Thursday, respectively, with Jackson opening at Milwaukee on Friday night.
Right-hander Scott Baker, who is on the 60-day disabled list after last year's Tommy John surgery, visited the Cubs on Saturday to see team doctor Stephen Gryzlo. Baker suffered a setback during spring training.
Barney heads out:
Second baseman Darwin Barney packed up and headed to Class AAA Iowa to begin a short injury-rehab stint. He's expected back Tuesday.
Third baseman Ian Stewart, whose spring training was derailed by a left-quad injury, headed to Iowa on Saturday to begin a rehab Sunday. There is no timetable for Stewart's return as the Cubs will want him to see as much pitching as possible.