A second MRI on
The status of Iwakuma's injury had been on hold until a second MRI could be performed.
Iwakuma (0-1, 6.61 ERA) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a right lat strain.
Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a right lat strain.
In three starts this season, Iwakuma is 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA.
Iwakuma was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Twins, but the team has yet to name a replacement. Although, Zduriencik indicated Friday it would likely be Roenis Elias.
The veteran right-hander has struggled through his first three starts, going 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He has allowed five home runs and three walks, while recording 11 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.
But his command in the strike zone has been a problem and has translated into three poor starts and 6.61 ERA. He walked none Monday night against Houston, but still allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, prompting criticism from Lloyd McClendon.
"I didn't like what I saw; it has to get better than that," McClendon told MLB Network Radio about the command of his right-hander.
Two of the five hits Iwakuma allowed to Houston left the yard. He has yielded five homers in 16 1/3 innings on the year.
Iwakuma surrendered four runs on five hits over 5 1/2 innings. He struck out three and walked three on 71 pitches. He has given up four runs in each of his three starts this season.
"He has not been sharp," manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game, per MLB.com. "The ball was up again tonight. We've got to figure out a way to get him down in the zone. His fastball command has just not been good as of late."
Iwakuma's troubles began in the first inning when he gave up a solo home run to Luis Valbuena. He also surrendered a solo shot to Colby Rasmus in the fifth inning and his ERA is now 6.61. Felix Hernandez remains the only Mariners starter with a win this season.
"I actually feel pretty good on the mound," Iwakuma said through translator Antony Suzuki. "Even today, I felt like my stuff was working. Just some of the pitches that were up in the zone, they didn't miss, and that kind of hurt."
Iwakuma's next expected start will be Sunday against the Twins.
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