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Mariners receive good news on Hisashi Iwakuma

Mar 28, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

Hisashi Iwakuma AP AP

The Mariners got some good news on right-hander hisashi Iwakuma. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that the right-hander was fully cleared. Iwakuma will be able to resume his throwing program as he makes his way back from a strained middle finger. Mid-to-late April remains the target for his return.

Iwakuma, 32, finished third in AL Cy Young balloting last season, finishing with a 2.16 ERA and a 4.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 219 2/3 innings. While prognosticators don’t expect him to repeat the 2.16 ERA, he is still projected to be a solid contributor behind Felix Hernandez when he returns.

  1. thefugitivekind - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Strained middle finger? I used to get that at least one a week during morning rush hour.

  2. thefugitivekind - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    ONCE a week. EDIT!!!

  3. migoli - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Good news for my fantasy league draft I’m currently sitting in!

  4. spudchukar - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    One more nail in the coffin of AL West rivals for the surprise team of 2014.

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