Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma took another step in the right direction Sunday when he threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session, his second since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat muscle, per MLB.com

Iwakuma is set to throw another BP session in the new few days and, if all goes according to plan, progress to a simulated game. He would then be ready for a rehab assignment.

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