Hisashi Iwakuma

#18 SP / Seattle Mariners / EXP: 6YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 210 lb Age: 38 College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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      Hisashi Iwakuma: Signs with the Yomiuri Giants

      Hisashi Iwakuma has signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants for the 2019 season, the Kyodo News reports.Iwakuma pitched in the minors in the Seattle organization last season as he worked his way back from September 2017 shoulder surgery. Turning 37 during the 2019 season, he seems unlikely to return to MLB down the road. Iwakuma previously played in Japan for the Kintetsu Buffaloes (now Orix Buffaloes) and Rakuten Eagles.

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      Hisashi Iwakuma: Heading overseas

      Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) will attempt to play in Japan in 2019, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.Iwakuma has been sidelined all season while recovering from a shoulder injury. Given his age (37) and recent injury history, this likely signals the end of Iwakuma's major-league career. The veteran right-hander posted a respectable 3.42 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 63-39 record across parts of six big-league seasons with the Mariners, highlighted by a 2013 All-Star appearance.

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      Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Big-league return in '18 unlikely

      Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) is still considered a long shot to pitch in a major-league game in 2018 according to manager Scott Servais, David Gottlieb of MLB.com reports. "He'd love to get in a game at some point, but we really haven't talked about it," Servais said. "I think he felt OK and his stuff was just OK. It's been a long time since he's pitched, so the expectations need to be realistic."Even if he never dons the Seattle Mariners uniform during what remains of the regular season, Iwakuma has seemingly made substantial progress by getting back into game action after a year-plus layoff. The veteran right-hander has managed to make three rehab starts for short-season Everett, offering mixed results. It remains to be seen whether Iwakuma will try to resume his major-league quest again next spring, with the prospect of further strengthening his surgically repaired shoulder over the offseason certainly a factor working in his favor.

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      Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Uneven in third rehab appearance

      Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) was charged with the loss in short-season Everett's defeat at the hands of Spokane on Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks over two innings. He recorded one strikeout.On the bright side, Iwakuma got some work in, laboring through 47 pitches. While that was a good test for his surgically repaired shoulder, how he ended up with that robust of a workload was problematic. Iwakuma struggled with control throughout the appearance and gave up some hard hits as well, surrendering a pair of two-baggers during his two frames. It's difficult to gauge how this outing affects the Seattle Mariners' outlook on Iwakuma for what remains of the regular season, but at least his shoulder appears to finally be showing signs of bouncing back.

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      Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Another encouraging rehab outing

      Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) tossed two scoreless innings in short-season Everett's loss to Vancouver on Friday, walking one and striking out two.Iwakuma's hopes of pitching some big-league innings in 2018 remain alive following a second consecutive encouraging outing, one in which he worked up to a modest 20 pitches. Naturally, the level of competition is far from what he would face at the major-league level, but the fact his surgically repaired shoulder seems to be holding up well thus far is the most important takeaway from his first pair of minor-league outings. Iwakuma has now pitched three innings overall with Everett, and he could potentially be bumped up to a higher level in the organization for his next rehab appearance.

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      Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Gets back in game action

      Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) allowed an earned run on two hits over one inning in short-season Everett's win over Hillsboro on Sunday.The outing marked Iwakuma's first time back in game action since June 2017. The veteran right-hander's recovery from September 2017 surgery has endured a series of fits and starts, but he's consistently been trending in the right direction for some time, culminating in Sunday's appearance. Given the relatively short time remaining in the regular season -- as well as the fact Iwakuma faces multiple rehab appearances before activation can be seriously contemplated -- his chances of making it to the big-league roster this season appear minimal. However, manager Scott Servais hasn't ruled out the possibility, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports, commenting Sunday that he'd have "a better indication" after Sunday's appearance whether Iwakuma could still possibly help the Seattle Mariners this season.

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      Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Logs significant rehab workload

      Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and a 20-pitch live batting practice session Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.The live BP came against Ichiro Suzuki, and coupled with the work Iwakuma put in during his bullpen, it represented the veteran's heftiest workload in quite some time. Iwakuma, who's on a minor-league contract and has been rehabbing his shoulder all season, continues to hold out hope for a 2018 return despite the increasingly slim chance for such a development.

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      Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Throws live BP

      Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) tossed live batting practice Monday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.This marks the first time Iwakuma has managed to pitch against live hitters since undergoing right shoulder surgery last September. If he feels good following his latest throwing session, expect him to begin a rehabilitation assignment in the near future. A concrete timetable for Iwakuma's return is yet to be established.

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      Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Plays catch Saturday

      Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) played catch Saturday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.Iwakuma hasn't pitched yet this season after suffering multiple setbacks while recovering from September shoulder surgery. He's now resumed his throwing program, though it's very difficult to say when he'll be finally able to return to game action given how rocky his recovery has been.

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      Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: To resume throwing soon

      Updating a previous report, Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) met with Dr. Keith Meister this past week and has been cleared to resume throwing again in a "few more days," according to manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.Meister is the Dallas-based physician that performed Iwakuma's initial shoulder surgery, and he apparently feels all the veteran right-hander needs is a few days of rest to overcome the setback he recently experienced while throwing live batting practice. Iwakuma has been rehabbing at the Seattle Mariners' extended spring training facility in Arizona.