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Hisashi Iwakuma is healthy and ready for his season debut

May 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EST

Hisashi Iwakuma Reuters

Out since early spring training with a finger injury, Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to come off the disabled list and make his season debut Saturday against the Astros.

Iwakuma stretched out to 86 pitches in a minor-league rehab start Sunday, so he should be more or less without restrictions versus Houston. He wasn’t particularly sharp in the final tune-up outing, however.

Iwakuma was one of the elite pitchers in baseball last season, throwing 220 innings with a 2.66 ERA and 185 strikeouts. Seattle is still waiting for rookies Taijuan Walker and James Paxton to get healthy to complete what has a chance to be one of the best rotations in the league, but Iwakuma joining Felix Hernandez will provide a huge boost in the meantime.

  1. ironcurtin64 - May 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Beginning of the end for the rest of the AL West teams.

  2. monupai - May 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Solid rotation that’s backed by a lineup that can’t score runs…

    • mustang6984 - May 2, 2014 at 4:54 AM

      Guess you haven’t been paying attention lately. Good…love it when someone has to eat a crow sandwich because their mouth is bigger than the pea in the brain room of their head.

  3. thetxhammer - May 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    We said the same about the Giants down here in Texas (great pitching, no hitting) and well, we know how that turned out.

  4. mustang6984 - May 2, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    Slowly things are coming together. Welcome back to where you belong Iwakuma! :-} We have missed you and that smile of yours!

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