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Kyuji Fujikawa on track to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL- APRIL 9: Closer Kyuji Fujikawa #11 of the Chicago Cubs delivers during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 9, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 6-3. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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Kyuji Fujikawa’s first stint as the Cubs’ closer didn’t last long due to a right forearm strain, but he could get another chance soon.

Carrie Muskat of reports that Fujikawa threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session today, his second since he was placed on the disabled list earlier this month. While Cubs manager Dale Sveum told Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald that he didn’t look particularly “crisp,” he’s scheduled to throw another bullpen session Thursday and should begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Iowa. He’ll likely need a few appearances before he’s cleared to rejoin the Cubs’ bullpen.

Fujikawa, who came over from Japan this winter on a two-year, $9.5 million contract, allowed six runs on eight hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings prior to the injury. The Cubs have relied on a closer-by-committee during his absence, with the dynamic duo of Kevin Gregg and Carlos Marmol notching saves in the past week.