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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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Jose Fernandez Throws to Live Batters

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- For the first time since having Tommy John surgery, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez threw to live batters Thursday.

Fernandez, who hasn't pitched against hitters since May 9, 2014, threw 15 pitches at the Marlins' spring training complex behind Roger Dean Stadium.

"It was competing and it felt really fantastic," Fernandez said. "Command of the ball was (good), except for one or two pitches that were up in the zone a little bit. (I) was sticking my fastball really well. Breaking ball was good. Changeup was good. And I was really happy with the way everything came out today."

The 22-year-old Fernandez was the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year before getting hurt in his sophomore season. He is expected to rejoin the Marlins' rotation some time in mid July.

In two seasons with the Marlins, Fernandez has started 36 games, pitching 224 1/3 innings while compiling a 16-8 record, 2.25 ERA, 257 strikeouts, and a .97 WHIP.

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Derek Holland Won't Throw for at Least a Month  

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland will not throw for 4-6 weeks after leaving his start against Houston Friday with a strain in his left shoulder.

It was evident something was wrong with Holland from his very first pitch when Holland's velocity was under 90 miles per hour. Holland lasted nine pitches before exiting the game.

"I was hoping the radar gun was off or he would get loose," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

After Holland is allowed to throw again it is projected he will need at least one month of rebuilding arm strength before he can pitch for the Rangers.

"I'm beat up about this," Holland said. "I felt it on the last warmup pitch and I just wanted to make sure I got through the inning. Everything was great in the 'pen. I joke around about it now with (catcher Robinson) Chirinos. I was spotting up, everything was good, ball was coming out great and then to come out here and throw the first pitch and have it go down the drain like that, it crushes you."

The 28-year-old Holland missed most of last season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery.

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Marlins Win Arbitration Case Against Pitcher Mat Latos

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- In Major League Baseball's first salary arbitration case this year, the Miami Marlins beat pitcher Mat Latos on Thursday.

The case was heard by Margaret Brogan, Phillip LaPorte, and Steven Wolf in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Their decision was made Thursday morning.

Latos, who made $7.25 million in 2014 with the Cincinnati Reds, asked for $10.4 million but will instead receive the club's offer of $9.4 million for the upcoming season.

The 27-year-old Latos was traded to Miami in December. He only started 16 games last season while dealing with knee and elbow injuries.

During his six big league seasons, Latos has pitched 952 innings, compiling a 60-45 record, 3.34 ERA, 859 strikeouts, and a 1.17 WHIP.

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Floyd Inks 1-Year Deal with Indians 

Major League Baseball(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians signed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract Tuesday.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the deal is worth $4 million and could earn Floyd another $6 million in incentives.

The 31-year-old Floyd made only five starts in 2013 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He made nine starts for Atlanta the following season before suffering a fracture in the same elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

"His elbow's actually fine," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We went through an extensive physical...His ligament is strong and intact. The fracture he suffered last year is well healed. We expect him to be fully ready for Spring Training."

Before 2013, Floyd was one of the more consistent pitchers in the major leagues. The right-hander pitched five straight seasons of at least 29 starts for the Chicago White Sox.

During his 11 big league seasons, Floyd has pitched 1,205 2/3 innings, compiling a 72-72 record with a 4.40 ERA, 948 strike outs, and a 1.33 WHIP.

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Rangers Sign Colby Lewis to 1-Year Deal

Texas Rangers/MLB (ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers signed free-agent starting pitcher Colby Lewis to a one-year, $4 million deal Thursday.

The 35-year-old Lewis was originally selected by the Rangers with the 38th pick of the 1999 Amateur Draft, and has played seven major league seasons with the organization -- including the last four.

"We're glad to have Colby back," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Really, over the last five years, he has been everything we are about. He throws strikes, eats innings and takes the ball. He's the type of pitcher our young guys can look up to."

Lewis returned from flexor tendon and hip replacement surgery last season and made 29 starts for the Rangers, compiling a 10-14 record.

Only Derek Holland and Yu Darvish are currently guaranteed a place in the Rangers' starting rotation. Lewis is expected to be a leading candidate for one of the other three vacant spots.

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Burnett Agrees to 1-Year Deal with Pirates

J. Meric/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Apparently A.J. Burnett likes Pittsburgh after all.

One offseason after Burnett declined to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates, instead signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, the lanky right-hander agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Pirates -- $4.25 million less than he would have received if he stayed with the Phillies.

"This is where I belong," Burnett said on a conference call Friday. "This is gonna be my last season. I got one more in me. I want to win a ring, and I want to do it in Pittsburgh."

In 2013 Burnett helped the Pirates end a 21-year postseason drought, pitching 191 innings while compiling a 10-11 record, 209 strikeouts, 2.80 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

The 37-year-old Burnett has played 16 MLB seasons with five different teams. During that time, he has compiled a 155-150 record, 3.90 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.

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Phil Hughes Passes on $500K Bonus

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- One more out and Phil Hughes would be $500,000 richer, but that out isn't happening.

The Minnesota Twins right-hander has a contract clause that gives him a $500,000 bonus if he pitches 210 innings this season, but because of a rain delay that cut short his final start on Wednesday, Hughes has only pitched 209 2/3 innings.

Despite the unfortunate luck, Hughes has been given another chance to earn that bonus by skipper Ron Garden Hire. Garden Hire said Thursday the team would allow Hughes to pitch again before the season ends, but the 28-year-old declined.

"I just didn't think it was right," Hughes said. "If I were fighting for a playoff spot, I'd 100 percent be available. But given the circumstances, I don't think it's the right thing to do."

Hughes still earns his $8 million base salary plus two $250,000 bonuses for reaching the 180 and 195 innings marks this season.

The former first round pick struck out 186 batters while walking only 16, setting the major league record for strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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Tanaka Will Start Sunday Vs. Blue Jays

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start Sunday in the team's game versus the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 25-year-old rookie from Japan has been out for more than two months after partially tearing his ulnar collateral ligament.

Tanaka threw 65 pitches during a simulated game on Monday and had no setbacks.

Tanaka is coming back because the team wants to make sure he will not need Tommy John surgery.

"More than anything, I want to see if my body is able to go fully on a major-league mound," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "That's by far most important to me. Also, to be able to contribute in the team's win would be something important to me, too."

Yankees skipper Joe Girardi says Tanaka will throw 70-75 pitches against the Blue Jays.

Before getting injured, Tanaka made 18 starts this season, pitching 129 1/3 innings while recording a 2.51 ERA, 135 strikeouts, 19 walks and a 1.01 WHIP.

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Sale's 2-Hitter Shuts Down A's

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Pitcher Chris Sale threw eight innings of two-hit ball to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics Thursday.

Sale (12-3) allowed zero runs, two walks and struck out nine as he lowers his AL-leading ERA to 1.99.

"I'm not a numbers guy," Sale said. "I don't care about any of that stuff."

Sale outdueled Oakland starter Scott Kazmir, who pitched eight innings allowing four hits, one run, and one walk, while striking out seven in Oakland's 11th loss in its last 14 games.

The Athletics are now one game ahead of Detroit for the top AL wild card spot.

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