OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 months ago

Iwakuma will likely be sidelined until May or early June while he continues to recover from shoulder surgery, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma recently signed a minor-league contract with Seattle earlier this week, and although it came with an invite to spring training, the soon-to-be 36-year-old may not be ready to begin throwing at that time. There will be an update on his status as the season nears, while the club hopes that he will be able to contribute in the second half of the year.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
2 months ago

Iwakuma has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training.

EDGE Analysis

It turns out Iwakuma will return to Seattle despite the team declining his $10 million club option at the end of the season. The 36-year-old made just six starts last year -- going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA and 16:12 K:BB across 31 innings -- before undergoing arthroscopic surgery near the end of September to clean up some structural damage in his throwing arm. It's still unclear if Iwakuma will be ready for the start of the season, as he isn't expected to resume throwing until the end of February, barring any setbacks. The right-hander went 16-12 with a 4.12 ERA and 147:46 K:BB in 33 starts (199 innings) in 2016.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
3 months ago

Seattle declined Iwakuma's $10 million club option for the 2018 season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma is officially a free agent at this point in time, although it remains a decent possibility that the club will bring him back on a minor-league contact for next year. The 36-year-old was only able to make six starts this past year, and underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery near the end of September to clean up some of the structural damage in his throwing arm. It remains to be seen whether Iwakuma will be ready at the start of season, since he likely won't be able to resume throwing until the end of February, barring any further setbacks.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 months ago

Iwakuma underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday and will resume throwing in five months.

EDGE Analysis

That timetable would have Iwakuma beginning his rehabilitation right around the start of spring training. As such, it isn't guaranteed that the 36-year-old will be healthy and ready to go by the start of next season. Seattle has a $10 million option on the starter, but given Iwakuma's age and declining performance over the past two seasons, he may be on his way to free agency.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 months ago

Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Tuesday that Iwakuma (shoulder) won't pitch again in 2017, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran has been sidelined since early May with inflammation in his right shoulder and held out hope that he'd be able to return at some point in September, but with multiple setbacks derailing him along the way and Iwakuma having not progressed past throwing a simulated game, it was no longer feasible for him to rejoin the team with 11 contests remaining on the schedule. Since the shoulder has been a recurring issue for him in recent seasons, Iwakuma plans to weigh treatment options this offseason, with surgery seemingly a possibility. Iwakuma, who will turn 36 in December, seems likely to have his $10 million club option declined this winter.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 months ago

Iwakuma admitted to having some structural damage in his injured right shoulder Tuesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma added that he is exploring all recovery options, but has yet to make a definitive decision with regards to a course of action. The 36-year-old would obviously love to return during the final weeks of the season, but that is looking less likely as each day passes. Iwakuma hasn't pitched in a game since May 3.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 months ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) went to get a second opinion on his injury, although it remains unlikely that he will be able to return to the mound this season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It is obviously never a great sign when someone goes in to get a second opinion, but manager Scott Servais wouldn't rule out Iwakuma making a late-season return if everything breaks right. The right-hander was able to throw a simulated game Sunday, but was in line for a multi-start rehab appearance before heading to see the doctors Thursday, casting doubt on whether he will even get a chance to fully recover before the end of the year.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
4 months ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Saturday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

This will mark Iwakuma's first time facing live hitters since suffering a setback in the middle of June. While this is an encouraging step in his recovery, Iwakuma is still expected to require a multi-start rehab assignment before being activated, so it's still unclear if he'll be able to return before the season ends. He's been sidelined since May 3 with shoulder issues.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
5 months ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) completed a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Iwakuma has been throwing off the mound for nearly a month now, but the right-hander hasn't made enough progress during those sessions to prompt the Mariners to advance him to the next phase of the rehab process. Once he faces hitters, Iwakuma, who has been sidelined since May 3 with shoulder inflammation, would require a multi-start rehab assignment before being activated from the 60-day disabled list, which may not leave him with enough time to return before the season draws to a close.

OUTHisashi Iwakuma
SP SEA
5 months ago

Iwakuma (shoulder) had a positive bullpen session Monday, Jaylon Thompson of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The news was certainly welcome, considering Iwakuma's rehab process has been characterized by fits and starts. Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed everything went well for the veteran right-hander and that he's likely to throw another bullpen session later in the week.