Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 21 hours ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) has been able to do strengthening exercises and light throwing, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Iwakuma is projected to miss 2-to-4 weeks after suffering a Grade 1 strain of his right lat muscle, but it's a good sign that he's been able to resume throwing at this point. He likely won't be able to participate in anything more than just the light throwing for a couple of weeks, with a mid-to-late May return looking possible.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 days ago

Iwakuma's MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain of his right lat muscle and he will miss two-to-four weeks, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

This is about the best diagnosis Iwakuma's owners could have hoped for, as he should only miss three-to-five starts, and will hopefully come back pitching better than he was to start the season. Look for Iwakuma to begin throwing in roughly two weeks and return to the rotation in three-to-four weeks. Roenis Elias has taken his place in the Mariners' rotation.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 days ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Friday, Greg Johns of Marniers.com reports.

Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day DL Friday and the results of his MRI will unveil if he needs even more time off the field. His spot in the starting rotation hasn't officially been filled yet but he's on tap to miss at least his next two starts.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 4 days ago

Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a strained lat muscle, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

A lat strain is typically about a four-week injury, so be prepared to be without Iwakuma for most of May. He had been roughed up pretty badly in the early going and it's unclear how or when he sustained this injury. Look for Roenis Elias, who last pitched Monday for Triple-A Tacoma, to slot into the Mariners rotation and take the ball Sunday against the Twins.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 6 days ago

Iwakuma, who has given up four earned runs in each of his three starts this season, has lost velocity on his fastball, but manager Lloyd McClendon said he is more concerned with Iwakuma's wayward command, the Seattle Times reports.

Iwakuma's four-seam fastball was 93-94 mph last year while his two-seamer was 89-90. This season, those pitches are down to 87-88 and 84-85. McClendon said he expects the velocity to improve, but Iwakuma's bigger problem is not leaving his fastball up in the zone. "He's leaving too many balls in the middle of the plate and working behind on too many hitters," McClendon said. "And that's what we have to get straightened out. The velocity will come."

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 week ago

Iwakuma gave up four runs on five hits -- including two homers -- over 5.1 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Astros.

The inconsistency that plagued Iwakuma in his first two starts carried over to Monday's appearance. While Iwakuma threw 46 of his 71 pitches for strikes, he generated just six swinging strikes against a Houston club with plenty of swing-and-miss in its lineup. His mistakes continue to get punished, as he's now allowed five home runs in 16.1 innings this season. Further, his swinging-strike rate is sitting at a career-low 7.8%. Iwakuma will try to get back on track Sunday against the Twins in another home start.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 2 weeks ago

Iwakuma gave up four runs on six hits and three walks, with five strikeouts over five innings, in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Iwakuma got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, but was tagged for an RBI double by Adrian Gonzalez in the third and later served up home runs to Alex Guerrero and Andre Ethier. Through two starts (11 innings), Iwakuma has a 6.55 ERA, .326 BAA and 8:3 K:BB, but those outings have come against two top offensives in the Angels and Dodgers.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 weeks ago

Iwamura gave up five runs- four earned- on nine hits, striking out three and walking none, in six innings Wednesday against the Angels.

Iwamura gave up four runs- two earned- in the first inning and a run in the second inning before settling down and pitching effectively from the third to the sixth. However, the Mariners failed to put runs on the board leading to Iwamura's first loss of the season. Iwamura will look to bounce back Tuesday at Dodger Stadium as he'll face off against Scott Baker.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 3 weeks ago

Iwakuma (finger) pitched two innings in a minor league game last Thursday, but avoided using his split-finger fastball, The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Iwakuma should make his start as planned, but it's worth noting that he didn't use his signature pitch likely due to the blister. However, he probably avoided using the pitch to keep from aggravating the issue, so he should be all systems go for the Mariners' third game of the season.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 1 month ago

Iwakuma has a small blister on his finger but manager Lloyd McClendon said it is not a big issue, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The blister prevented Iwakuma from throwing many splitters in Saturday's spring outing, which explains his struggles to a certain extent. Iwakuma gave up four runs on five hits, including a homer, in five innings against the Giants. While there has been nothing to suggest Iwakuma will miss time, consider him day-to-day until the Mariners officially clear him to make his next start.