While the Cubs await word on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa's MRI, they got some bad news on young pitcher Arodys Vizcaino.
The 22-year-old right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow March 20, 2012, had an arthroscopic debridement (cleanup) of the elbow recently to remove a calcium buildup, the Cubs said Tuesday.
Vizcaino, who had been playing catch and coming back slowly, will not pick up a ball for at least six weeks -- meaning he likely won't pitch at all this season. The debridement was performed by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the Tommy John surgery. The Cubs say the latest procedure is not related to Vizcaino's elbow ligament.
The Cubs obtained Vizcaino last July 30 from the Braves along with pitcher Jaye Chapman in the trade that sent pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta.
As for Fujikawa, the Cubs said they will know more Wednesday, when the series with the White Sox moves to Wrigley Field.
Fujikawa went on the disabled list Monday with what the Cubs called a muscular strain of the right forearm. He spent a month on the DL from mid-April to mid-May with a forearm strain.
Glad to be here:
Reliever Alex Burnett made it to Chicago in time for Monday's series opener against the White Sox. The Cubs didn't need any relief, as Jeff Samardzija tossed a complete-game shutout.
Burnett was claimed off waivers from Baltimore after the Orioles designated him for assignment.
"I'm very fortunate, very blessed, to be brought into this organization with all the history and great stuff that goes on here," Burnett said Tuesday.
The 25-year-old right-hander appeared in 67 games last year for the Twins. He entered Tuesday 8-11 in his career with a 4.73 ERA and a WHIP of 1.45.
They love to hit:
With the Cubs-White Sox series moving to Wrigley Field, Cubs pitchers will get to bat again. Scott Feldman and Travis Wood are scheduled to start for the Cubs, whose pitchers have 15 RBI this season -- all coming in May.
The 15 RBI lead all major-league clubs. The last time Cubs pitchers had 15 RBI in one month was August 1937. The previous major-league pitching staff with 15 RBI in one month was the 1977 Phillies.
The Cubs' wives and girlfriends will have a "mystery ball" event Wednesday at Wrigley Field to raise money for victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Tickets are $40 per autographed baseball, and all proceeds will go to the families affected by the storm.