Player Page

Hisashi Iwakuma | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (36) / 4/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) might not throw off a mound for a few more days.
Iwakuma threw a bullpen session Saturday for the first time since hitting the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, but he's not progressing as quickly as teammate Felix Hernandez. At this rate, a return by the end of June might be the best-case scenario. He still has plenty of hurdles to cross in his recovery. May 29 - 3:22 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Saturday.

It was his first time throwing off a mound since landing on the DL earlier this month. Iwakuma didn't seem too happy with his results on Saturday, claiming it "wasn't the best bullpen." When asked how his shoulder felt, Iwakuma said, "I feel OK. I would like to move forward. Hopefully it will get better." Obviously Iwakuma is in the very early stages of his recovery and still has a long way to go, but a return at some point in June is possible.
May 27 - 5:27 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) played catch Thursday.

It's the first time he's thrown since he was diagnosed with right shoulder inflammation last week. Iwakuma could be back in the Mariners' rotation by mid-June if all goes well, but obviously he's gone plenty of hoops to jump through.
May 19 - 10:10 AM

The Mariners announced Saturday that Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with right shoulder inflammation.

While it's encouraging that the MRI didn't find any structural damage, it's a tough blow for Iwakuma owners who may not want to wait a month or two before getting the right-hander back. Christian Bergman filled in for him on Friday and could have a chance to stick in the M's rotation for awhile given all of their injuries.
May 13 - 9:05 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma is headed for an MRI on his right shoulder.

Iwakuma has been battling a bruised left knee since getting struck with a comebacker in his last start, but his placement on the disabled list Wednesday was for something that could be far more serious. The results of the shoulder MRI should be available sometime Thursday. Christian Bergman will fill Iwakuma's rotation spot beginning Friday in Toronto.
May 10 - 11:08 AM

Mariners placed RHP Hisashi Iwakuma on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 7, with right shoulder inflammation.

Iwakuma was struck in the knee by a comebacker during his start last Wednesday against the Angels and now his shoulder is barking. Seattle has four starting pitchers on the disabled list. It's not clear who will take Iwakuma's place Thursday in Toronto.
May 10 - 10:52 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma's (knee) next scheduled start has been pushed back to Thursday in Toronto.

He was initially scheduled to go Tuesday, but Iwakuma's left knee is still a little sore after he was hit by a comebacker last week. The Mariners will push Ariel Miranda and Yovani Gallardo up a day.
May 7 - 2:00 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Hisashi Iwakuma is still feeling soreness in his bruised left knee.

He had been hoping to make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Phillies but now that seems like a long shot. Iwakuma will likely end up on the disabled list if he isn't cleared by Tuesday. The Mariners have had a rough few weeks injury-wise with Felix Hernandez (shoulder), James Paxton (forearm), Mitch Haniger (oblique) and Iwakuma all getting hurt.
May 6 - 8:58 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said he expects Hisashi Iwakuma (knee) to make his next scheduled start.

"I don't know yet, but I'm assuming he will be," Servais said. "He's tough. He's a grizzled veteran, and he'll take the ball if he can." Iwakuma took a hard comebacker off his left knee in the fifth inning of Wednesday's win over the Angels. He stayed in the game for the top of the sixth but was lifted after allowing three straight hits. The veteran right-hander is currently lined up to face the Phillies on the road next Tuesday.
May 4 - 9:03 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Angels.

Iwakuma threw 55 of his 81 pitches for strikes, but he was unable to pick up his first victory of the season. The veteran hasn't recorded a quality start over his past four appearances and there is very little to like about him so far this season. He has managed 12 walks with just 16 strikeouts over 31 innings, so his appeal is limited to deeper AL-only fantasy play at this point.
May 4 - 2:17 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma yielded an unearned run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in his start against the Tigers.

Though the velocity isn't there, Iwakuma has had just one bad outing to date, that coming against the Rangers on Apr. 16. He's not recommended in fantasy leagues, but it's impressive that he's holding his own given his current stuff.
Apr 27 - 5:53 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the A's.

Whether he's hurt or not, Iwakuma just isn't throwing hard enough to sneak his fastball past hitters this year. He's about as crafty as they come, so a return to adequacy is possible. Still, there's just not much fantasy upside here unless his velocity comes back.
Apr 22 - 1:19 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma was destroyed in Sunday's no-decision against the Rangers, surrendering six runs on seven hits over three innings.

Shin-Soo Choo rapped a three-run home run off Iwakuma in the second inning. The veteran right-hander would allow three more runs (two on a double by nemesis Choo) in the third inning before finally being relieved of duty. This showing was rough enough, but Iwakuma had pitched well in his two prior outings and will try to do likewise on the rebound when he brings his 5.40 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 6/6 K/BB ratio (15 innings) into a road start against the A's next time out.
Apr 16 - 7:56 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed one run on two hits over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

Iwakuma did walk three, but this was otherwise a very strong outing from the veteran right-hander. While he does not strike out enough batters for true fantasy relevance outside of deep AL-only formats, Iwakuma has consistently shown the ability to post ERA's south of 4.00 at the major league level and could prove usable from time to time as an AL streaming option. A home start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule.
Apr 9 - 7:09 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma yielded two runs over six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Astros.

Iwakuma's velocity is still down a couple of mph from where it should be, forcing him to rely even more on his wits and guile. We're not optimistic about him remains useful in mixed leagues this year.
Apr 4 - 11:52 PM

Depth Charts

C1Mike Zunino
2Carlos Ruiz
1B1Danny Valencia
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Guillermo Heredia
2Taylor Motter
CF1Jarrod Dyson
2Boog Powell
RF1Mitch Haniger
2Ben Gamel
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Ariel Miranda
7Christian Bergman
8Sam Gaviglio
9Ryan Weber
Relief Pitcher
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Nick Vincent
4Evan Scribner
5Marc Rzepczynski
6James Pazos
7Tony Zych
8Daniel Altavilla
9Evan Marshall
10Shae Simmons
11Casey Lawrence
12Ryne Harper