Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Will come off DL next weekend

Iwakuma (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list and start either Saturday or Sunday during the Mariners' series next weekend with the Astros, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The injury-battered Mariners rotation is finally set to receive some reinforcements, as Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez (shoulder) have both been cleared to return to the big club next weekend following lengthy stints on the DL. Iwakuma will first need to make a second rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, but assuming he's able to hit 75 pitches without any renewed soreness, he'll be cleared to make his next turn in the majors. Manager Scott Servais hasn't announced which two pitchers will lose their spots in the rotation once Hernandez and Iwakuma are activated, but Christian Bergman, Yovani Gallardo and Sam Gaviglio would seemingly be most at risk.

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