Iwakuma (shoulder) played catch Wednesday but remains without a timetable for return, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Iwakuma's absence is nearing three-and-a-half months, yet it remains uncertain if he'll even be able to take the mound again this season. The veteran right-hander has thrown a total of four bullpen sessions overall recently, but continues struggling intermittently with mechanics. Given that the clock is ticking on the remainder of the regular season -- and considering the mileage on his shoulder -- the Mariners could potentially make the call to give up on a 2017 return at some point in the near future, barring any sudden improvement.
Iwakuma said he struggled with his mechanics during a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports. Iwakuma's rehab from a shoulder injury suffered back in May just can't get off the ground. The Mariners were hoping to get him back in late August, but if Iwakuma can't get his bullpen sessions to move in the right direction very soon, that timeline will prove overly optimistic.
Iwakuma (shoulder) has been throwing off a mound while the Mariners were on their road trip, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. This marks another big step in Iwakuma's return from a shoulder injury that's kept him on the shelf since early May. If all goes well, the veteran right-hander is hoping to progress to throwing a simulated game within the next week. It's still too early to attach an estimated return date to him, as he needs to make it through multiple more steps without any setbacks before being ready to rejoin the big-league rotation.
Iwakuma (shoulder) is continuing to throw long toss before games but is awaiting clearance to throw off a mound, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Manager Scott Servais commented that Iwakuma is up to throwing from 140-to-150 feet out on a consistent basis, presumably putting him close to being cleared for bullpen work. However, the veteran right-hander's timetable for a possible return to the big-league club remains as murky as ever, with Servais noting that 35-year-old could "get back in the mix" this season if he managed to be completely pain-free.
Iwakuma (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday. Iwakuma has already missed 60 days due to this current shoulder issue, so this doesn't affect when he'll be able to return to the rotation. It's simply a move to allow the recently signed Danny Espinosa to join the active roster. The right-hander continues to stretch out his arm with long toss, but he remains without a firm timetable for return.
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