Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Tuesday that Iwakuma (shoulder) won't pitch again in 2017, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports. The veteran has been sidelined since early May with inflammation in his right shoulder and held out hope that he'd be able to return at some point in September, but with multiple setbacks derailing him along the way and Iwakuma having not progressed past throwing a simulated game, it was no longer feasible for him to rejoin the team with 11 contests remaining on the schedule. Since the shoulder has been a recurring issue for him in recent seasons, Iwakuma plans to weigh treatment options this offseason, with surgery seemingly a possibility. Iwakuma, who will turn 36 in December, seems likely to have his $10 million club option declined this winter.
Iwakuma admitted to having some structural damage in his injured right shoulder Tuesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Iwakuma added that he is exploring all recovery options, but has yet to make a definitive decision with regards to a course of action. The 36-year-old would obviously love to return during the final weeks of the season, but that is looking less likely as each day passes. Iwakuma hasn't pitched in a game since May 3.
Iwakuma (shoulder) went to get a second opinion on his injury, although it remains unlikely that he will be able to return to the mound this season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. It is obviously never a great sign when someone goes in to get a second opinion, but manager Scott Servais wouldn't rule out Iwakuma making a late-season return if everything breaks right. The right-hander was able to throw a simulated game Sunday, but was in line for a multi-start rehab appearance before heading to see the doctors Thursday, casting doubt on whether he will even get a chance to fully recover before the end of the year.
Iwakuma (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Saturday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. This will mark Iwakuma's first time facing live hitters since suffering a setback in the middle of June. While this is an encouraging step in his recovery, Iwakuma is still expected to require a multi-start rehab assignment before being activated, so it's still unclear if he'll be able to return before the season ends. He's been sidelined since May 3 with shoulder issues.
Iwakuma (shoulder) completed a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Iwakuma has been throwing off the mound for nearly a month now, but the right-hander hasn't made enough progress during those sessions to prompt the Mariners to advance him to the next phase of the rehab process. Once he faces hitters, Iwakuma, who has been sidelined since May 3 with shoulder inflammation, would require a multi-start rehab assignment before being activated from the 60-day disabled list, which may not leave him with enough time to return before the season draws to a close.
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