Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma sidelined 4-6 weeks with finger strain
Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to miss the start of the season after injuring a finger during a workout on Wednesday.
Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will be sidelined 4-6 weeks after suffering a strained tendon in his right middle finger during a workout on Wednesday. He won't even pick up a baseball for three weeks and is expected to miss the start of the regular season.
Iwakuma, 32, went 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA (138 ERA+) and a 4.40 K/BB in 219 2/3 innings last year. That performance earned him a third place finish in the Cy Young voting. Iwakuma has had a lot of injury problems in his career and he never once put together back-to-back healthy seasons during his time in Japan.
The Mariners had been sniffing around the pitching market in recent weeks and this could lead to them getting more serious about adding an arm. With Iwakuma out, their rotation behind Felix Hernandez figures to include Erasmo Ramirez, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and Scott Baker.
The trade candidate and free agent to be Jay Bruce has six homers in his last five games
The 2002 Rangers hold the MLB record at 27 games
The Orioles are the new No. 1 team in baseball
Puig has worn American and Cuban flag themed cleats this season as well
Rondon has 18 saves with a 1.95 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 37 innings this season
Stanton helped the Marlins on both sides of the ball Wednesday afternoon