Entries in Hisashi Iwakuma (4)


Hisashi Iwakuma Has Setback, Shut Down for Up to 2 Weeks

Rob Carr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has been shut down from pitching for at least the next 10 days after feeling continued tightness in his strained right lat muscle during a throwing session.

"It's a tough situation," Iwakuma said through a translator. "I took about a week off and then started throwing for about a week. But I still felt something inside. It's not pain, it's more tightness. We want to make sure I feel nothing when I throw next time."

There is no timetable for Iwakuma's return, but he can't throw again until approximately May 22.

Iwakuma has been on the disabled list since April 24. Before that, the 34-year-old made three starts, pitching 16 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts, a 6.61 ERA, and a 1.41 WHIP.

The 26-year-old left-hander Roenis Elias will continue to start in Iwakuma's place.

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Mariners Place Starting Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma on the DL

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SEATTLE) --The 2015 regular season has gotten off to a disastrous season for Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. After two poor starts, the team has placed Iwakuma on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain.

"[We] felt it best to back him off and put him on the DL to give him time to make sure this thing, it's a long season we don't want this thing to be an aggravated issue as we go through the next 5½ months," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We'll know a little more tonight. At this point we're hoping it's nothing more than shoulder fatigue and something very small."

The team wanted Iwakuma to throw a bullpen session on Friday and determine where he was from a health standpoint. Not only did his shoulder not feel any better, he felt stiffness in his back and the team decided to shut him down.

In three starts this season, Iwakuma is 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA.

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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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Mariners Lose Pitcher Iwakuma for 4-6 Weeks

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PEORIA, Ariz.) -- Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will not throw for 4-6 weeks due to a strained tendon in his right middle finger.

Iwakuma, who was hurt while working out in Southern California,  has his finger in a splint and will be reevaluated by a hand specialist in three weeks.

“Lucikly, this does not appear to be a serious injury,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “It is a setback for Kuma, but we are confident that he will quickly overcome the missed time and be able to rejoin our rotation early in the regular season.”

The 32-year-old Iwakuma was one of the best pitchers in baseball last season,  his first as a full-time starter in the big leagues. Iwakuma threw 219.2 innings compiling a 14-6 record, 2.66 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 185 strikeouts in 2013.

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