Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:01:05 -0700
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) had his fastball clocked around 89-90 mph during his four-inning simulated game Tuesday, April 22. That is considered a tick or two slower than usual. Iwakuma is still building arm strength. The team gave him a variety of looks in the sim game, making him field bunts, cover first base, throw pickoff moves to first and face batters. "I was able to focus like a regular game," Iwakuma said. "I felt a lot better. My feel for the game is coming back gradually. I felt a lot better than the last time when we did a sim game in Miami."
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:52:08 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw a 58-pitch simulated game Tuesday, April 22, and felt better than his last session. He'll next throw 75 pitches for Triple-A Tacoma Sunday, April 27, and he could rejoin the rotation after that.
Fantasy Tip: As you can see, Iwakuma's arm strength is almost ready for a big lead load. He could be back in the majors as soon as next weekend if everything goes according to plan. Iwakuma should already be owned in all leagues.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:42:01 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday, April 22, with Triple-A Tacoma. "I was pain-free with my finger. Everything looks good so far. I think I'm at around 70 percent right now. I still need to command my pitches and get that feel back," Iwakuma said. He threw 35 pitches during a simulated game Friday, April 18, including his splitter. Iwakuma will throw a bullpen session Sunday, April 20.
Fantasy Tip: Iwakuma will likely need at least several rehab starts to get up to around the 90-pitch threshold before returning. He'll immediately be slotted in the starting rotation in a week or two.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:46:10 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) said he was 100 percent during his simulated game Friday, April 18, and he had no pain in his finger.
Fantasy Tip: Iwakuma is on his way to returning to the rotation in a few weeks minus any setbacks. He'll need a few rehab starts, though, before the Mariners activate him from the DL. Stay patient.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:19:24 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will throw a simulated game Friday, April 18.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:15:33 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) said he threw 55 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, April 15, and included some split-finger fastballs. Iwakuma reported no issues with his right middle finger.
Fantasy Tip: He could be back at the end of the month, but if all goes right, it won't be much longer than that. He'll be a welcome sight for his owners.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:18:00 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will throw a 55-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, April 15, that should include some split-finger fastballs. The split-finger fastball is Iwakuma's signature pitch, and throwing it from a mound should provide one of the final tests in his recovery from a strained ligament in his middle finger.
Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain when Iwakuma will officially make his regular season debut, but the timetable has always been late April. Fantasy owners will want to wait until he is officially activated from the 15-day disabled list and able to make one full start to prove his health before plugging him into the active lineup.
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:35:56 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw 45 pitches during a bullpen session Saturday, April 12, and did not report any problems.
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:05:43 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) remains a "couple of bullpen sessions away" from facing live hitters. He'll throw another bullpen Saturday, April 12.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:36:18 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw off a mound for the first time Wednesday, April 9, since straining a ligament in his middle finger in February, and he said he felt no pain while throwing. Iwakuma threw mostly fastballs during the 34-pitch session and will throw again Saturday, April 12, and will mix in breaking pitches. It's unknown when he will begin a rehab assignment.
Fantasy Tip: Iwakuma is taking his rehab slow. At this point, he's probably unlikely to make his season debut in the month of April, since he'll likely need several minor league rehab starts before returning.