Hisashi Iwakuma's 2017 season was completely derailed by shoulder issues, and he's not expected to be ready until May or June after having the shoulder cleaned up in late September. The shoulder was found to have some structural damage, which is especially troubling for a player approaching his 37th birthday. Iwakuma's peripherals had been in steady decline in recent seasons, with his once-elite walk rate more than tripling since 2014 (from 1.1 BB/9 to 3.5). Meanwhile, his strikeout rate has fallen from an already-modest level, down to just 4.7 K/9 in the abbreviated sample last season, and his home-run rate has gradually ticked up (to 2.03 HR/9). Prime Iwakuma wouldn't have been worth stashing for two months, and this lesser version certainly isn't, so he should be left for the waiver wire in nearly all leagues to begin the season. He agreed to return to the Mariners on a minor-league deal after the team declined his $10 million option.
Iwakuma (shoulder) will be eased into spring camp, although the team is optimistic that he will be able to start bullpen sessions in early March, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Iwakuma was cleared to resume throwing in late January after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in September. It's expected that he will remain sidelined until mid-May at the earliest, although it will be useful to monitor his status throughout spring training. Expect another update on his recovery in the near future.
Iwakuma (shoulder) has been cleared to resume throwing, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Iwakuma continues to slowly work his way back from September shoulder surgery, and while this is a big step in his rehab, he's still not expected to be ready to pitch until May or early June. His status should continue to be updated as he progresses in his rehab; the hope is that Iwakuma will be able to return for the second half of 2018.
Iwakuma will likely be sidelined until May or early June while he continues to recover from shoulder surgery, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Iwakuma recently signed a minor-league contract with Seattle earlier this week, and although it came with an invite to spring training, the soon-to-be 36-year-old may not be ready to begin throwing at that time. There will be an update on his status as the season nears, while the club hopes that he will be able to contribute in the second half of the year.
Iwakuma (shoulder) has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training. It turns out Iwakuma will return to Seattle despite the team declining his $10 million club option at the end of the season. The 36-year-old made just six starts last year -- going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA and 16:12 K:BB across 31 innings -- before undergoing arthroscopic surgery near the end of September to clean up some structural damage in his throwing arm. It's still unclear if Iwakuma will be ready for the start of the season, as he isn't expected to resume throwing until the end of February, barring any setbacks. The right-hander went 16-12 with a 4.12 ERA and 147:46 K:BB in 33 starts (199 innings) in 2016.
Seattle (shoulder) declined Iwakuma's $10 million club option for the 2018 season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Iwakuma is officially a free agent at this point in time, although it remains a decent possibility that the club will bring him back on a minor-league contact for next year. The 36-year-old was only able to make six starts this past year, and underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery near the end of September to clean up some of the structural damage in his throwing arm. It remains to be seen whether Iwakuma will be ready at the start of the season, since he likely won't be able to resume throwing until the end of February, barring any further setbacks.