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Hisashi Iwakuma | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (37) / 4/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / SEA
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Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) will face live hitters Tuesday.
The right-hander threw a bullpen session Friday and came out of it well, allowing him to take the next step. Iwakuma hasn't pitched yet this year after an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right shoulder in September and a setback in late April when he experienced soreness in the shoulder. It's still unclear when he might return to the Mariners rotation. May 26 - 6:53 PM

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Hisashi Iwakuma shut down his simulated game Saturday after 7-8 pitches because of soreness in his right shoulder.

Well, that's not good. Iwakuma is coming back from an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right shoulder and has a history of shoulder issues. The Mariners are hoping it's just tendinitis and just a minor setback, but we'll have to wait and see. Obviously he's not going to be a rotation option for the Mariners anytime soon.
Apr 29 - 11:29 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) could throw a simulated game this week.

Iwakuma has been throwing regular bullpen sessions and is almost ready to face hitters. Coming back from an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right shoulder, Iwakuma hopes to be available as a rotation option for the Mariners sometime before the All-Star break.
Apr 15 - 2:22 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais expects Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) to throw a bullpen session this weekend.

Erasmo Ramirez (lat) will also throw over the weekend. Iwakuma is still recovering from a right shoulder procedure he had in September. Once he gets a few pen sessions under his belt, Iwakuma will move his rehab to Triple-A Tacoma before eventually returning to the major leagues. Injuries limited the veteran to just six starts in 2017.
Mar 29 - 6:13 PM

Mariners released RHP Hisashi Iwakuma; re-signed him to a minor league contract.

It's a procedure move which allows the Mariners to avoid paying a $100,000 retention bonus. Iwakuma is coming off an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right shoulder and isn't expected to be ready until a couple of months into the season.
Mar 26 - 12:23 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) has been cleared to begin throwing.

Iwakuma made just six starts last season before undergoing an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right shoulder in September. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters last month that he doesn't expect the veteran right-hander to be game-ready until sometime around late May or early June. Seattle re-signed Iwakuma to a non-guaranteed minor league contract this winter and he'll be somewhat of a wild card for the club in 2018.
Jan 25 - 1:41 PM

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a radio interview on KJR-AM Friday that Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) isn't expected to be game-ready until late May or early June.

Iwakuma underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right shoulder in September after being limited to just six starts in 2017. He re-signed with the Mariners on a minor league contract that will pay him $2.5 million if he's in the majors, with another $6 million available in incentives.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 04:30:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Hisashi Iwakuma's minor league contract with the Mariners is worth $2.5 million if he's in the majors, with another $6 million available in incentives.

Iwakuma probably could've gotten a guaranteed contract somewhere else, but he preferred to remain in the only big league organization he's known. He'll still get paid a fair amount if he stays healthy and remains in the Mariners' rotation, although that's no given after he was limited to just six starts in 2017 due to injury.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 08:51:00 AM

Mariners signed RHP Hisashi Iwakuma to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

This comes after Iwakuma told the Japan Times last week that he was hoping to hammer out an agreement to return to Seattle. It was an easy call for the Mariners to decline his $10 million option for 2018 earlier this month, but they don't risk anything bringing him back at these terms. The veteran right-hander made just six starts this season due to shoulder issues and required an arthroscopic debridement in September. It's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of 2018.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 02:42:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma told the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners declined his $10 million option for 2018. The veteran right-hander says that a return is "not a done deal," but "hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon." Iwakuma, 36, was limited to just six starts this season due to shoulder issues and required an arthroscopic debridement in September. He's hoping to be ready around the start of next season.
Source: Japan Times
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 09:31:00 AM

Mariners declined RHP Hisashi Iwakuma's $10 million club option for 2018.

Iwakuma went down with a shoulder injury in early May and never returned to the field, eventually requiring an arthroscopic debridement in September. The veteran right-hander will turn 37 years old next April.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 02:18:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma underwent an arthroscopic debridement on his ailing right shoulder.

He won't resume throwing for five months, which could put the start to his 2018 season in jeopardy. The 36-year-old hurler finished the injury-plagued 2017 season with a 4.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 16/12 K/BB ratio in just 31 innings over his six starts.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 07:21:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma admitted Tuesday that there is something structurally wrong with his right shoulder.

He's said to be considering all options, some of which are surgical procedures. Iwakuma hit the disabled list in early May with inflammation in his right shoulder and was never able to return to the Mariners' rotation, finishing the 2017 season with a 4.35 ERA in six starts. The 36-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent in November.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 07:26:00 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais acknowledged Tuesday that Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) is likely done for the year.

Iwakuma landed on the disabled list at the beginning of May with right shoulder inflammation and he hasn't been able to get over the hump in his rehab. The 36-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent in November, having made just six total starts in 2017.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 06:48:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma is looking for additional opinions from doctors as he struggles to rehab his shoulder.

While the Mariners haven't ruled him out, they haven't been counting on Iwakuma to return this season. He's been on the shelf since the beginning of May with what was called shoulder inflammation.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 05:03:00 PM

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2Daniel Vogelbach
2B1Robinson Cano
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SS1Jean Segura
3B1Kyle Seager
2Andrew Romine
LF1Denard Span
2Ben Gamel
3Guillermo Heredia
CF1Dee Gordon
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
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S1Felix Hernandez
2James Paxton
3Mike Leake
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Marco Gonzales
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PosRoleName
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2Alex Colome
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4Nick Vincent
5James Pazos
6Marc Rzepczynski
7Dan Altavilla
8Wade LeBlanc
9Chasen Bradford
10David Phelps
11Ryan Cook