Hisashi Iwakuma likely to start Saturday for Mariners

Why is this man smiling? He’s close to returning to the Seattle rotation. (USATSI)
Why is this man smiling? He’s close to returning to the Seattle rotation. (USATSI)

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Here's some good news for the fourth-place Mariners: the return of right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is near. MLB.com's Greg Johns tweets that Iwakuma will start Saturday against the Astros. Iwakuma has been sidelined since spring training with a finger strain. 

The 33-year-old right-hander is coming off an excellent 2013, in which he logged an ERA of 2.66 (140 ERA+) and a K/BB ratio of 4.40 in 219 2/3 innings of work. For his troubles, he finished third in the AL Cy Young balloting. Across parts of two MLB seasons, Iwakuma owns an ERA+ of 132. 

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