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Hisashi Iwakuma out 4-6 weeks with finger injury

Feb 12, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Hisashi Iwakuma Reuters

Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who finished third in the Cy Young voting last season, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a finger injury sustained while working out at home last month.

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand. The good news is that it won’t require surgery. The bad news is that he’s at least three weeks from doing any throwing and his status for Opening Day–and perhaps much April–is very much in question.

Iwakuma was fantastic last season, throwing 220 innings with a 2.66 ERA and 185/42 K/BB ratio, and the Mariners have him under contract (cheaply) through 2015.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    The Mariners are probably looking at a May 1 date realistically for him to pitch with the club and that’s if everything goes without a hitch. The Mariners might want to put up a detour sign on that “All Signs lead to the Mariners signing Cruz” stuff and look for a starting pitcher first. The “pickings” are starting to get pretty slim” in the FA starting pitching category.

    • cmtill14 - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      But are they CC Sabathia slim?

  2. karlkolchak - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Iwakuma just gave the finger to the M’s already thin playoff chances.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Santana? Jiminez? I smell a SP signing in the pacific northwest.

    • Reflex - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Santana would be an interesting sign. Although they probably need more certainty than that.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        To be clear, I was thinking Ervin, not Johan. Though either might be a prudent move if it helps them avoid penciling in Hector Noesi for 15-25 starts

  4. cur'68 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Well. That’s a relief. I thought maybe Montero had a calorie craving and bit him. Get well soon, Hisashi.

  5. NYTolstoy - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    We still have a month and a half roughly before the beginning of the season so he most likely will take a few weeks to shake off the rust. May 1st sounds about right

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