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Hisashi Iwakuma | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will throw a simulated game on Friday.
The sim game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but it's been pushed up a day after Iwakuma went through a 51-pitch bullpen session Tuesday with no issues. "He's ready for a game," Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits said. Iwakuma is aiming for an early May return. Apr 15 - 6:09 PM

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Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) is scheduled to throw a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday in Miami.

Iwakuma, who is working his way back from a strained middle finger, threw a 45-pitch bullpen session on Saturday afternoon and is scheduled to throw another one Tuesday. If all goes well in the simulated game Saturday, the next step could be a minor league rehab assignment. It looks like a return in the early part of May is the most realistic scenario.
Apr 14 - 4:57 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) tossed a 45-pitch bullpen session on Saturday afternoon.

Iwakuma did not throw his splitter during the workout but plans to incorporate that pitch in his next bullpen session on Tuesday. The Mariners are hoping he can join their starting rotation by the end of April. An early-May debut might be more realistic.
Apr 12 - 6:50 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session on Saturday.

M's skipper Lloyd McClendon indicated that he'll need "a couple more bullpens" before beginning a minor league rehab assignment. He does appear to be making progress toward a return though, and could potentially rejoin the team before the end of April if all continues to go well.
Apr 11 - 7:24 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw a 34-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

The right-hander reported afterward that the session went well. He'll throw another bullpen on Saturday, and when asked about a rehab stint Iwakuma said, "Hopefully soon." He still appears to be on track to be back with the Mariners by the end of the month.
Apr 9 - 6:43 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will begin throwing off a mound in the middle of this week.

Iwakuma will do some long-tossing Sunday before he's officially cleared to throw off the bump. The right-hander will need a handful of bullpen sessions before being cleared to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma. He's likely to rejoin the M's rotation in late April.
Apr 6 - 1:57 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday that once he's ready, Hisashi Iwakuma will make his minor league rehab starts at Triple-A Tacoma.

Iwakuma has just begun throwing on flat ground so is still likely a week or two away from that minor league rehab assignment. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on him rejoining the rotation until late-April.
Apr 5 - 1:58 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw a successful session on flat ground on Friday, as he continues to work his way back from a sprained tendon in his right middle finger.

He will throw another similar session on Sunday. He'll likely need a minor league rehab start or two, but if all continues to go well he should be able to rejoin the Mariners rotation in mid-April.
Apr 4 - 7:10 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) has been throwing long toss, and in 10 days will progress to throwing bullpen sessions.

Iwakuma continues to work his way back from a sprained tendon in his right middle finger. Coming off an outstanding 2013 campaign, it looks like he'll be able to rejoin the Mariners rotation at some point before the end of April.
Mar 30 - 6:31 PM

Mariners placed RHP Hisashi Iwakuma on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with a strained right middle finger.

Iwakuma was cleared Friday to resume throwing baseballs and should be ready to join the Mariners' starting rotation around late April or early May. He had a fantastic 2.66 ERA in 219 2/3 innings last season. The Mariners also placed starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (shoulder) and setup man Stephen Pryor (lat) on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Mar 29 - 2:22 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) was cleared by doctors on Friday to resume a normal throwing program.

The right-hander will move forward without restrictions, so now it's just a matter of getting him arm game-ready. That is still likely a month-long process, but at least he's moving in the right direction. Iwakuma should be back with the Mariners sometime around May 1.
Mar 28 - 7:58 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma played catch Monday for the first time since straining his right middle finger.

Iwakuma still doesn't have full range of motion in that finger so he wasn't able go go all out, but the right-hander told reporters that he felt "good." He registered an outstanding 2.66 ERA across 219 2/3 innings last season and will continue to aim for a mid-to-late April debut.
Mar 24 - 2:25 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to throw a baseball Monday for the first time since his finger strain.

Iwakuma made about 45 throws with a tennis ball on Friday and came away from the workout feeling fine. The Mariners are hoping that he will be ready to join their starting rotation by the end of April. He had a fantastic 2.66 ERA in 219 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 24 - 10:52 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw 40-45 tosses with a tennis ball at the Mariners spring training facility on Friday.

He was able to work on gripping the ball, and came away from the session feeling pain-free. He will progress to throwing a baseball on Monday, and remains on track to rejoin the M's rotation before the end of April barring any setbacks.
Mar 21 - 8:13 PM

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

Iwakuma has been sidelined since the early part of camp with a strained right middle finger, but he can now shed the splint and begin ramping things up. He'll start out by throwing a tennis ball Friday and hopefully a baseball by next Monday. If all goes well, he has a chance to join the M's rotation by the end of April.
Mar 18 - 3:44 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2John Buck
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Stefen Romero
CF1Abraham Almonte
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Logan Morrison
2Michael Saunders
DH1Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Erasmo Ramirez
4Taijuan Walker
5James Paxton
6Roenis Elias
7Chris Young
8Blake Beavan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Stephen Pryor
7Joe Beimel
8Dominic Leone