Hisashi Iwakuma will play long toss today, then progress to bullpen session midweek in Seattle as he returns from sprained tendon in finger.
#Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma scheduled today to throw a baseball (play catch) for first time since Feb. 10 diagnosis of finger injury.
Hardball Talk "Hisashi Iwakuma has been sidelined for more than a month with a strained tendon in his middle finger, but the Mariners right-hander has been cleared to resume throwing after meeting with doctors. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Iwakuma will start slow by throwing tennis balls..." March 18
Correction on the Iwakuma update: He'll see the doctor on Tuesday, not Monday, to see if splint is ready to come off injured finger.
CBSSports.com "The Mariners are said to be hoping for a late April return for recovering pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker. Unofficially, the hope is that both pitchers can be back by sometime during the third week of April. That sounds pretty specific, but every day counts when a team with playoff..." March 13
Update on Iwakuma: He won't begin throwing for three more weeks.
#Mariners medical update on Iwakuma: Reexamined by doctor, who recommended split be left on 3 more weeks. Then can begin throwing.
#Mariners announce RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will miss 4-6 weeks with finger injury.
Seattle Times "Hisashi Iwakuma is highly unlikely to win the American League Cy Young Award when votes are handed in this weekend. For one thing the Mariners starter would have to halt the runaway freight train named Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers whose 21-3 record and strong secondary numbers have made..." September 27
Seattle Times "Back in the first half of last season it was tough to imagine Hisashi Iwakuma having a year like this one. But with Felix Hernandez pretty much down for the count this final month Iwakuma stepped his game up a notch even from the stellar first five months of the season. As a result he ends his..." September 26
Seattle Times "Make it six losses in the last seven games for the Mariners, despite the best efforts of Hisashi Iwakuma today. Iwakuma looked as strong as ever the first three innings when he retired nine in a row on eight grounders and a strikeout. He gave up his only two runs of the game on four hits in the..." March 14