Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 days 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 week 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 2 weeks 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 weeks 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.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 weeks ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) threw another bullpen session Sunday, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.

It's Iwakuma second time throwing off a mound since he resumed his program last week. He's expected to require one more bullpen session before pitching a simulated game, and eventually, advancing to a rehab assignment. That number of activities probably keeps him at least a couple weeks away from rejoining the Mariners' rotation.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 weeks ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) threw a 27-pitch bullpen session Thursday and said everything felt good, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The bullpen session, which consisted of all fastballs, was Iwakuma's first since landing on the DL in late April with a lat strain. He is expected to throw at least two more bullpen sessions before progressing to a simulated game and eventually a minor league rehab assignment.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 weeks ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) is scheduled to throw three bullpen sessions, beginning Tuesday, then a simulated game as the next step in his recovery, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.

He threw a side session Monday, and will throw his first bullpen session Tuesday. On his current pace he could throw a simulated game next week, which would then likely be followed by two or three rehab starts with minor league affiliates. A late-June/early-July return to the Mariners' rotation looks like the best-case scenario at this point.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 month ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) threw a side session Monday and is expected to throw a bullpen session by the end of the week, Shannon Drayer of ESPN 740 in Seattle reports.

Iwakuma continues to work back from a Grade 1 lat strain and has been on the DL since April 24. He suffered a setback in mid-May and is currently without a return timetable, but Monday's successful session is a step in the right direction. Once he's able to throw a bullpen session, the Mariners will likely have a better indication of when he may be able to return to the mound.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 month ago

Iwaukuma (shoulder) is unlikely to throw off a mound within the next week, Christian Caple of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Although he's no longer shut down and played catch Thursday, Iwakuma is apparently at least a week or two away from taking the next step in the recovery process. A late-June return appears to be the best-case scenario, with sometime in July seeming much more likely.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 2 months ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) suffered a setback and will be shut down for 10-14 days, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.

This means that Iwakuma is likely six weeks or so away from game action, assuming no further setbacks. While Iwakuma is often undervalued when he's healthy, this injury keeps leading to pessimism regarding his chances of being a major fantasy asset in 2015. Roenis Elias would appear to have a pretty secure hold on a rotation spot for the foreseeable future.