Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 weeks ago

Iwakuma pitched eight scoreless innings Saturday, allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Iwakuma loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs on two singles and a walk but escaped unscathed. He then retired 10 of his next 11 and then his final 13 batters. He mixed an ineffective splitter, a 93 mph fastball and an improved curve. He stayed away from the slider that gave him trouble in his last start. This was Iwakuma's best start since last August. He needed it.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 weeks ago

Iwakuama gave up five runs on eight hits -- including four homers -- in his return to the mound Monday night against the Tigers.

Matching up against a Tigers lineup without Miguel Cabrera, Iwakuma's mistakes were consistently hammered in his first start since April. Through four starts this season, he's sitting with a 7.17 ERA and nine homers allowed in 21.1 innings. He's scheduled to make one more start before the All-Star break, and it will take place Saturday at home against the Angels.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 weeks ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) was activated from the DL and will start against the Tigers on Monday.

Iwakuma was strong during his rehab stint and is ready to go Monday against the Tigers. James Jones gets sent down to make room for Iwakuma, who before being injured, was 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. After being a Cy Young candidate in 2013, Iwakuma regressed a bit in 2014; however, he's still one of the Mariners' top starters.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 weeks ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) will get the nod Monday against the Tigers, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.

Iwakuma was initially placed on the DL on Apr. 24 due to a strained lat muscle, with an initial recovery timetable of 2-to-4 weeks. However, he suffered a setback in early May and didn't throw off a mound again until the end of that month. In three subsequent rehab outings between short-season Everett and Triple-A Tacoma, he was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 13.1 innings.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 weeks ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Thursday, and an announcement on the Mariners' rotation should come Friday, Shannon Dryer of ESPN Radio 710 reports.

Iwakuma may finally be nearing a return to the rotation after making just three starts this season. When he does return, it will be interesting to see who the Mariners bump out of the rotation following another stellar performance from Mike Montgomery, but Iwakuma's spot likely remains unharmed.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 month ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) gave up one run while striking out six in 5.2 innings Tuesday in a rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma.

He was forced to leave the start because of a blister but he said this happens every year and the Mariners' medical staff is capable of getting him ready for his next scheduled start. Of course, it is not clear if that will be with Tacoma again or if Iwakuma will be activated by the Mariners, but it seems like there is a good chance he rejoins the Mariners' rotation in the very near future.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 month ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) will start for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM Radio reports.

Iwakuma made a successful rehab start Saturday, and continues on track to rejoin the club at some point in the near future. When he does return, he should retake a spot in the Mariners' rotation.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 month ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) fared well in Saturday's rehab start, and is scheduled to take the mound Thursday for Triple-A Tacoma, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

According to manager Lloyd McClendon, Iwakuma will need to make at least three rehab starts. The Mariners want to see him work his pitch count up to 100 pitches, as well as get his velocity up a bit. Iwakuma agrees with that assessment, admitting that another rehab start will help him to improve his command. A return at the start of July remains the most plausible scenario at this point.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 month ago

Iwakuma will make his next rehab start Saturday at High-A everett, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Iwakuma pitched a successful simulated game Monday, so he'll progress to a rehab start over the weekend, and he's expected to throw 40-to-50 pitches. Iwakuma remains on track to return near the end of the month, barring a setback.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 2 months ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) will throw a 45-pitch simulated game at High-A Everett on Monday and could begin a rehab assignment as early as next weekend, Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle reports.

Iwakuma continues to work back from a shoulder injury, and he most recently threw a bullpen session Sunday. Assuming Monday's simulated game goes well, he'll head to Tacoma for rehab, and it's unclear how many appearances he'd make before returning to the Mariners.