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Friday
May022014

Hisashi Iwakuma Set to Make Season Debut for the Mariners Saturday

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reinforcements are coming for the Seattle Mariners as starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is set to make his season debut for the club on Saturday against the Houston Astros.

Iwakuma was out of action for over two months after he strained a tendon in the middle finger in his right hand. He was trying to retrieve a ball from some netting and his finger was caught in the process.

The Mariners are throwing Iwakuma straight into the fire as he made just one rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.

At 12-14 in the competetive AL West, the return of Iwakuma will be embraced by the Mariners clubhouse. The team currently ranks 12th in Major League Baseball in team ERA, and his return should help out even more.

In 2013, Iwakuma was one of the best starters in the American League. He went 14-6 with a 2.84 ERA with 185 strikeouts.

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