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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%: 80/3 | Average Draft Position: 74.42
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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.”


Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma shut down for two weeks


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma suffered a setback in his rehab assignment and will be shut down for 10-14 days, manager Lloyd McClendon said per ESPN 710 in Seattle. 

Iwakuma, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a lat injury, said he felt stiffness during his throwing session and will take some time to recover. Iwakuma is 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA in 16 1/3 innings so far this season.


Mariners P Hisashi Iwakuma (back) begins throwing off flat ground


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has begun throwing from flat ground, reports The News Tribune.

Iwakuma has been sidelined since April 20 with a strained back muscle.

"He's feeling good," McClendon said. "A little stiff the other day when he first started, but he's feeling good. He's getting stronger. I would say he's probably still two or three weeks from going out [on a rehab assignment] and then he's got to go out a couple of times. So he's still a ways away."


McClendon: Mariners' Iwakuma still 3-4 weeks away from returning


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (strained lat) has progressed to long toss in his throwing program, per MyNorthwest.com. However, manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday the right-hander is still 3-4 weeks away from returning.

Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma (lat strain) does light throwing


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was able to do some light throwing and strength exercises on Monday, according to the Seattle Times

Iwakuma has a Grade 1 lat strain that he's recovering from. It is a positive sign that Iwakuma is able to throw this early into his recovery. 


MRI on Mariners P Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) reveals strain, out 2-4 weeks


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) A second MRI on Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma's right lat muscle revealed a Grade 1 strain, indicating the right hander will miss two to four weeks, per MLB.com. 

The status of Iwakuma's injury had been on hold until a second MRI could be performed. 

Iwakuma (0-1, 6.61 ERA) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a right lat strain.


M's Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) to have second MRI, update on hold


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) required another MRI and an update on his status is on hold, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a right lat strain.

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

Mariners place Hisashi Iwakuma on 15-day DL due to lat strain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a right lat strain. General manager Jack Zduriencik said he hopes Iwakuma's injury is just shoulder fatigue, but the team will know more after an MRI on Friday.

Iwakuma said after Friday's game he won't know the results of the MRI until Saturday, per The News Tribune.

Iwakuma was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Twins, but the team has yet to name a replacement. Although, Zduriencik indicated Friday it would likely be Roenis Elias.

The veteran right-hander has struggled through his first three starts, going 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He has allowed five home runs and three walks, while recording 11 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.


McClendon criticizes command of Mariners RHP Iwakuma


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma continues to limit his walks this season, just as he has done since arriving in Seattle. He has just three in 16 innings pitched.

But his command in the strike zone has been a problem and has translated into three poor starts and 6.61 ERA. He walked none Monday night against Houston, but still allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, prompting criticism from Lloyd McClendon.

"I didn't like what I saw; it has to get better than that," McClendon told MLB Network Radio about the command of his right-hander.

Two of the five hits Iwakuma allowed to Houston left the yard. He has yielded five homers in 16 1/3 innings on the year.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma gives up four runs Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma failed to get past the fifth inning of Monday's loss to the Astros and received a no-decision as a result.

Iwakuma surrendered four runs on five hits over 5 1/2 innings. He struck out three and walked three on 71 pitches. He has given up four runs in each of his three starts this season.

"He has not been sharp," manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game, per MLB.com. "The ball was up again tonight. We've got to figure out a way to get him down in the zone. His fastball command has just not been good as of late."

Iwakuma's troubles began in the first inning when he gave up a solo home run to Luis Valbuena. He also surrendered a solo shot to Colby Rasmus in the fifth inning and his ERA is now 6.61. Felix Hernandez remains the only Mariners starter with a win this season.

"I actually feel pretty good on the mound," Iwakuma said through translator Antony Suzuki. "Even today, I felt like my stuff was working. Just some of the pitches that were up in the zone, they didn't miss, and that kind of hurt."

Iwakuma's next expected start will be Sunday against the Twins.


Can Mariners' Iwakuma reverse course against Astros in 2015?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is set to face the Astros for the first time this season Monday. However, he didn't fare very well against the AL West foe in 2014.

The right-hander went 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in five starts against Houston last season. He allowed four runs in four of the five starts.

It was a stark contrast from 2013, when Iwakuma went 2-1 with a 1.38 ERA in four starts against Houston and didn't allow more than two earned runs in any of those outings.

The Astros enter play Monday with 34 runs, which is the third-lowest total in the majors.


M's Hisashi Iwakuma allows four runs in five innings for no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/15/2015) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1) went five innings where he allowed four runs on six hits including two home runs Tuesday, taking a no decision vs. the Dodgers.

Alex Guerrero connected for a two-run homer and Andre Ethier added a solo shot for the Dodgers.

Iwakuma's next start is set for Monday against the Astros.