May 26, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa (11) pitches during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Cubs defeated the Reds 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

NL Central Updates: Fujikawa, Wacha and a Tank?

Chicago Cubs

One of the Cubbies off-season signees was Kyuji Fujikawa. Chicago inked the legendary Japanese closer to a two-year, $9MM deal. In the series against the Reds, Fujikawa’s elbow popped as he delivered a pitch to Joey Votto. This is according to Cubs GM Jed Hoyer via Paul Sullivan’s Twitter. Now, Fujikawa is done for the season as Tommy John surgery will be performed.

(H/T: MLB Trade Rumors)

Milwaukee Brewers

So the Brewers are really struggling this season and a by-product of such is the calling for manager Ron Roenicke to be relieved of his duties as their manager. And as Benjamin Orr of Reviewing the Brew notes: “The number one rule of typical sports fans seems to be always blame the manager or one of the coaches if the team is performing poorly.”

Oh, do we ever know about that in Cincinnati, Benjamin. Do we ever.

But Orr says RRR should be a little more in the clear while pitching coach Rick Kranitz isn’t receiving his share of the blame.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Buccos bullpen has been lethal this season. There’s no other way to put it. So lethal that the unit now has been dubbed the “Shark Tank”. With its performance thus far in 2013, it is one well-earned moniker.

Rum Bunter’s Tom Smith tells us of the numbers, the arms and a growing concern.

St. Louis Cardinals

You can make as many references to Cards rookie Michael Wacha and Pac-Man as you want, but one thing you must include is how impressive he was in his MLB debut just last evening. Redbird Rants’ Daniel Solzman has the details from Wacha’s game.

A four and a half hour rain delay, too?

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