Iwakuma (shoulder) could begin playing catch this weekend, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports. The veteran right-hander is sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, but it's apparently subsiding to the point where a return to light throwing appears imminent. Iwakuma's recovery timetable still points to a mid-June return at the earliest.
Iwakuma will be out 4-6 weeks with right shoulder inflammation, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports. He underwent an MRI earlier in the week, and the inflammation was deemed serious enough that he can be ruled out until at least mid June. Four of the Mariners' top five starters are on the disabled list, so stand-ins Chase De Jong, Christian Bergman, Dillon Overton and Ariel Miranda will likely remain in the rotation for now.
Iwakuma will return to Seattle to undergo an MRI on his shoulder, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Apparently the discomfort in Iwakuma's shoulder has been gradually increasing, and it wasn't responding to treatment, so a DL stint was deemed necessary. He's also dealing with swelling in his knee after being struck by a line drive his last time out. With the DL move backdated to May 7, Iwakuma will be eligible for activation as soon as May 17, but his status for a return won't be known until his undergoes a full evaluation.
Iwakuma (knee, shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday, retroactive to May 7. Iwakuma's start this week had been pushed back due to a bout of knee soreness, but shoulder inflammation was what led to his placement on the DL. It's uncertain how much more time he will need, but with the backdated stint, Iwakuma will be eligible to return as soon as May 17. The Mariners did not immediately name a replacement for Thursday.
Iwakuma (knee) will have his next scheduled start pushed back to Thursday in Toronto, Todd Miles of The News Tribune reports. Iwakuma had been scheduled to start Tuesday against the Phillies, but the team will instead give the ball to Ariel Miranda for that start, who will be followed by Yovani Gallardo in the rotation. Iwakuma was a victim of a comebacker to the knee his last time out, and although he's not expected to miss time, Seattle at least will shuffle the rotation in the short term. The right-hander will get more time to rest any adverse effects of Wednesday's ailment before being reevaluated.
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