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18 Hisashi Iwakuma SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 4/12/1981 | Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 87/58 | Average Draft Position: 74.42
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Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma takes loss on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma regressed in his latest start on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Hisashi allowed six runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five, but needed 96 pitches without getting through the sixth. The Mariners wound up losing the game 8-4.

Iwakuma (2-2, 5.10 ERA) came into the game on a bit of a roll, having allowed a total of four runs over his previous three starts. But on Tuesday he gave up individual runs in the first, third and fifth innings, culminating with a three-run sixth inning.


Report: Multiple teams targeting Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Suitors interested in Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma have lined up, but the team has yet to commit to trading him, according to Fox Sports.

Iwakuma has gotten into a groove after losing most of the season to injury. He is 2-0 in his last three starts with four runs allowed and 18 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma takes no-decision in strong effort


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma got off to a shaky start against the Tigers on Thursday, but recovered to put up a strong outing. Iwakuma allowed two runs--both in the first inning--on six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven, throwing 70 of his 112 pitches for strikes.

Iwakuma, staked to an early 1-0 lead, allowed the first three Tigers to reach in the first inning, leading to two runs. But he was able to retire the next 10 in a row and never got into any further danger.

Iwakuma left with a no-decision however, as the Mariners won the game 3-2 in extra innings. His ERA dropped to 3.50 with Thursday's performance.

"I'm happy I got to go through seven innings after starting off kind of rough and the pitch count got up," Iwakuma said through an interpreter, per MLB.com. "I wanted to pitch strong, stay in the game, pitch with patience and wait for that big hit to come. And it did come. I'm very happy."


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma strikes out five in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was very impressive during his start against the Yankees on Saturday.

Iwakuma gave up just two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings while picking up his second win of the season. His command was crisp, as he struck out five batters and didn't allow a single walk. His line mistake came in the fourth inning when he allowed a two-run home run to Brian McCann.

"I feel better," Iwakuma said, speaking through a translator, per MLB.com. "I think all of my pitches are much more sharp. I'm very happy with where I'm at, right now."

Iwakuma (2-1) has a 4.89 ERA with 25 strikeouts and just five walks in 35 innings of work this season.


Mariners set rotation to open second half of season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2015) The Mariners will turn to pitcher Mike Montgomery to open the second half of the season Friday at the New York Yankees, reports MLB.com. It will be his first start at Yankee Stadium. He is 4-3 with a 2.29 ERA in eight starts this season.

"I've been impressed with how he goes about his business," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Montgomery. "He's certainly not intimidated. He has a tremendous work ethic. I like what I see. I think he's got a chance to be pretty good."

After Montgomery's start Friday, the team will send Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound Saturday, followed by Felix Hernandez on Sunday. Hernandez could have his start moved depending if he pitches in Tuesday's All-Star game.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma blanks Angels for eight innings


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma had his best start of the year in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Angels. Iwakuma pitched a season-best eight shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out a season-high six batters. The dominant performance lowered his ERA by almost two runs, down to 5.22.

This was Iwakuma's second start after returning from a two-and-a-half month stay on the disabled list with a lat muscle injury. He picked up his first win of the season with the excellent outing on Saturday.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma scouted heavily in last start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) Several teams seeking to strengthen their rotations scouted Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma in his return from injury Monday against Detroit, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Among those teams were the Dodgers, Blue Jays and Nationals.

His stock did not rise when he allowed four home runs and five runs on eight hits in a no-decision.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma allows four home runs in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma struggled to keep the ball in the park during his return from a strained back muscle. Iwakuma made his first start since April 20 during Monday's 12-5 loss to the Tigers.

Iwakuma allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings of work during the outing. The long ball was Iwakuma's undoing. He surrendered home runs to Nick Castellanos, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes. He also struck out three and did not walk a batter. His ERA is now 7.17.

Iwakuma (0-2) has not received a quality start in any of his four starts this season.


Mariners activate SP Hisashi Iwakuma; option OF James Jones


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The Mariners activated pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma from the disabled list in order for him to start Monday's game against the Tigers, the team announced.

Iwakuma went 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA in three starts earlier this season before being placed on the DL in April with a strained back muscle.

To make room for Iwakuma, the team option outfielder James Jones to Triple-A. Jones was 0 for 12 in eight games.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma ready to go full tilt Monday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Hisashi Iwakuma will not be treated with kid gloves when he returns to the mound for the Mariners on Monday night for his first start since April 20.

"That's why we brought him back," Lloyd McLendon told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "I said he's not coming back until he's able to get up and down seven times. He's ready to go."

Whether he will perform significantly better than he did before going down with a strained back muscle is another matter. But McLendon is optimistic based on his velocity.

"He's back up to 91 (mph), which is a good thing," he added. "That makes his split better. He can't pitch at 86 and expect to have some deception on his split."

Iwakuma returns with an 0-1 record and 6.61 ERA, a far cry from his performance over the past three seasons, when he posted a combined 3.07 ERA.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma to return from DL, start on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) The Mariners have announced right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will come off the disabled list and start on Monday against the Tigers, according to the MLB.com. Iwakuma has been on the disabled list since April 24 due to a strained lat muscle. 

Iwakuma made three starts before landing on the DL, going 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA.


Mariners to make rotation decision with Hisashi Iwakuma return


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma seems primed to return to the rotation after making his third minor league rehab start on Tuesday. Seattle will now have to make a decision on how Iwakuma's return will alter its rotation, per MLB.com.

Iwakuma has gone 1-0 with an 0.93 ERA in two Tacoma starts and also gave up just one run in 3 2/3 innings in an initial start with Class A Everett.

"He did OK. It was better than the last outing," manager Lloyd McClendon said of Iwakuma's start on Tuesday, when he allowed just one run with six strikeouts. "The velocity got better each outing. I know he touched 91 last night, and that's a good sign. He's moving in the right direction."

Iwakuma did suffer a blister on his throwing hand on Tuesday, but that's a common issue he regularly deals with because of the pressure he puts when he throws split-finger fastball. McClendon, though, will take that minor setback into account.

"That certainly will be part of the evaluation, and then we'll go from there," McClendon said. "I don't want anybody pitching around anything. We need him 100 percent, and hopefully he will be 100 percent."

The Mariners could potentially experiment with a six-man rotation if they can't identify an odd-man out before Iwakuma's return.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma dealing with blister at Triple-A


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) A blister forced Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to leave Tuesday's rehab start at Triple-A prematurely, reports The News Tribune.

"It happened in the sixth inning. I threw a split and felt the blister pop, and then on the curveball where I struck [center fielder Alex Castellanos] out, I felt it kind of rip open," Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki, per MLB.com. "It's common for me."

Iwakuma allowed one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings before exiting with the blister. He also struck out six and walked one.

"He was phenomenal," Rainiers manager Pat Listach said. "It's up to the big league club what they're going to do with him next. Whether his next start will be here or in Safeco, we don't know, but he was really good."

After the outing, he said he was not concerned with the blister. He is on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle.

"I'm able to make my adjustment with the two trainers they have up in Seattle. They know the situation as well, so I should be fine," Iwakuma said. "I feel comfortable, mentally and physically."


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma to make rehab start on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will make his next rehab start on Tuesday with Triple-A Tacoma. Iwakuma is recovering from a strained lat muscle, and the team will wait until after his start on Tuesday to decide on next steps, according to MLB.com.

"He continues to improve and move forward," McClendon said. "His first two innings were kind of tough, a little erratic, and his mechanics were off. But he seemed to settle down and threw a little better in the fourth inning.

"He’s progressing. He’s healthy. He touched 91 mph a few times and was at 87-91, so that’s encouraging."


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma throws four scoreless in rehab start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma made his first rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. Iwakuma, who is on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle, threw four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out four. He tossed 68 pitches, with 47 going for strikes.

Iwakuma previously had a rehab start with Class A. The Mariners want Iwakuma to get up to 90-100 pitches before he is able to return to the rotation, so he will likley need at least another two rehab starts.

"I need to make some adjustments, but mentally I’m ready to go," Iwakuma told reporters, per The Seattle Times. "If they call me up I’ll be ready to play."


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma to make Triple-A rehab start Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to begin a Triple-A rehab assignment Thursday, reports the Seatttle Times.

Iwakuma tossed 3 2/3 innings during a rehab assignment at Class A. Iwakuma is on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle. He will need at least three more rehab outings before he can return.

"I would doubt seriously that it would just be two rehab starts," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "When we leave spring training with any of our starting pitchers, we expect them to go six to seven innings, 90-100 pitches the first time out. He's not there yet. Two starts won't get him there."


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma makes rehab start on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma made his first minor-league rehab start on Saturday. The right-hander, on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle, threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits with Class A Everett. He struck out three and did not walk a batter, though he did uncork a wild pitch.

Iwakuma has been on the shelf since April 24 with the injury. Manager Lloyd McClendon expects Iwakuma to make his next start for Triple-A Tacoma, though the date of the start has not been announced as of yet.


Mariners' Iwakuma ready for rehab assignment after sim game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Class A short-season Everett after throwing 40 pitches in a simulated game Monday, per MLB.com.

Iwakuma is slated to start Saturday for Everett and will likely progress to Triple-A Tacoma for a few starts before rejoining the Mariners in early July, if all goes well.

"He threw three innings and each inning went better," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Iwakuma's simulated game. "He'll go to Everett to begin his rehab. Hopefully we'll get 40-50 pitches out of him and then re-evaluate after that."


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) to throw sim game


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a strained lat muscle, will throw a simulated game Monday with the team's Class A farm club, per MLB.com. 

If all goes well during the sim contest, Iwakuma would then join Triple-A Tacoma for a rehab stint beginning next Saturday. Iwakuma made just three starts this season before going on the DL, compiling an 0-1 mark with a 6.61 ERA. 


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma closing in on rehab assignment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma took another step in the right direction Sunday when he threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session, his second since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat muscle, per MLB.com

Iwakuma is set to throw another BP session in the new few days and, if all goes according to plan, progress to a simulated game. He would then be ready for a rehab assignment.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma throws bullpen session Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma threw a 27-pitch bullpen session on Thursday and reported no issues. Iwakuma is recovering from a strained lat muscle that has kept him on the disabled list since April 24. 

“I felt good,” said Iwakuma, per the Tacoma News Tribune. “No stress or tension; (it) was pain free. It was a good bullpen.”

Iwakuma is likely to throw another session on Friday before heading out to extended spring training. 


Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma to throw bullpen session Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was able to play catch Monday and he will throw a bullpen session Thursday, reports MLB.com.

Iwakuma will need 2-3 rehab starts before he is able to rejoin the team. He has not pitched since April 20 due to a lat injury.


Mariners' McClendon hopes Iwakuma can throw bullpen this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said on Sunday that he hopes pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) will be able to throw a bullpen session within the next week, the Seattle Times reports.

Iwakuma hasn't pitched since April 20 and had his previous rehab work shut down due to tightness in his back. Though Iwakuma remains a long ways away from major-league action, the manager said that he was "actually doing pretty good."

Iwakuma is 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA and 11:3 K:BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma continues to progress with rehab


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) played catch again Thursday and is inching closer to throwing off a mound, per The News Tribune.

"He feels real good," manager Lloyd McClendon said, "and we’ll continue to progress with his rehab and see how that goes."

McClendon added, however, he would be "surprised" if Iwakuma can throw a bullpen session within 7-8 days.


Mariners' McClendon: Hisashi Iwakuma still not close to return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma continues to receive treatment for his strained right lat muscle. However, he has yet to resume throwing, per MLB.com.

“I would imagine when we get back he’ll start throwing again and then start his process all over again,” McClendon said. “He’s going to be out awhile.”