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February 9, 2021 01:36 AM
Yoshihisa Hirano: Returns to Japan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract Saturday with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, the Kyodo News reports.

Hirano had a strong debut MLB campaign with the Diamondbacks in 2018, posting a 2.44 ERA. He hasn't been the same over the last two years, struggling to a 4.96 ERA. Heading into his age-37 season, it's unsurprising to see him fail to get a sufficient offer at the highest level, so he'll return to the team for which he's spent the entirety of his 11-year NPB career.

September 26, 2020 12:20 AM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Escapes with fourth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out a batter in the ninth as he picked up his fourth save of the season Wednesday against the Astros.

Hirano surrendered a leadoff walk to Kyle Tucker but quickly got two outs before Aledmys Diaz doubled to left to bring the tying runner to the plate in Josh Reddick. Reddick singled home Tucker and Diaz, but the Astros weren't able to complete the ninth-inning comeback after Hirano struck out Jose Altuve on a high heater to end the game. The right-hander owns a 3.75 ERA and has converted all four of his save chances.

September 20, 2020 12:44 AM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Dodges danger for save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano allowed three hits in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Padres. He struck out none.

Hirano allowed the first three batters to reach via singles, but he got Jake Cronenworth to ground into a double play before retiring Jurickson Profar on a groundout as well. Hirano has picked up all three of his saves in his last five outings. The 36-year-old has a 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and eight strikeouts across 10 innings this season.

September 15, 2020 02:08 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Notches second save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning to record his second save of the season during a 6-5 win over the A's in the first game of Monday's doubleheader.

Yohan Ramirez got the M's last save chance back on Sept. 7, but it was Hirano's turn in this one and he got the job done, although a two-out HBP on Mark Canha made things a little bit interesting. Hirano has a 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8:4 K:BB through nine innings, and he should remain in the high-leverage mix for Seattle as it makes a last-ditch push for a wild-card spot over the final weeks.

September 6, 2020 11:40 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Snags first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano allowed a solo homer in the ninth inning Sunday but still earned the save against the Rangers. He struck out three batters.

In his first save chance of the season, Hirano made things interesting by allowing a solo shot to Ronald Guzman, but he still shut the door to convert the opportunity. After four scoreless appearances to start the season, the 36-year-old has allowed three runs in his last two outings. For now, he still appears to be Seattle's main man in the ninth inning.

September 1, 2020 11:52 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Full-time closer moving forward?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano, who's logged four relief appearances since his delayed season debut, is the likeliest candidate to see the majority of the save chances with the trade of Taylor Williams to the Padres on Monday.

The Mariners brought the veteran in this past offseason with an eye on slotting him into the ninth-inning role, but Hirano's summertime bout with COVID-19 put a crimp on those plans to start the delayed regular season. However, the right-hander ultimately made his debut Aug. 21 and has been eased back in by manager Scott Servais. The strategy seems to have worked well thus far, as Hirano has fired four scoreless innings across four appearances and worked up to a season-high 19 pitches in his most recent outing on Sunday against the Angels.

August 26, 2020 02:44 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Grabs first hold
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano was credited with his first hold of the season in a win over the Padres on Tuesday, firing a scoreless sixth inning during which he allowed no hits and one walk.

The veteran reliever was able to log his second appearance since being activated from the COVID-19 injured list and was just as effective as in his debut Saturday, when he'd also notched a scoreless frame to close out a blowout win over the Rangers. Manager Scott Servais is likely to eventually transition Hirano to high-leverage scenarios, but he's likely to continue to be eased in for the time being.

August 24, 2020 01:32 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Works one inning in '20 debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano, activated from the injured list Friday, fired a scoreless ninth inning in a win over the Rangers on Saturday, recording two strikeouts.

Manager Scott Servais found the perfect landing spot for Hirano's significantly delayed 2020 debut, as he brought in the veteran to put the Rangers out of their misery in the nine-run rout. Hirano overcame a COVID-19 infection earlier in the summer, and his bout with the virus caused him to miss the majority of summer camp. It remains to be seen whether the 36-year-old will eventually transition into a full-time closer role for what remains of the season, but it's worth noting Taylor Williams has been effective in the ninth-inning slot while converting all five of his save chances thus far.

August 21, 2020 06:08 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

HIrano (illness) was reinstated from the injured list Friday.

Hirano missed most of summer camp due to COVID-19 but is now set to make his big-league debut. He recorded an unimpressive 4.75 ERA last season, but the Mariners are short on established relievers in the bullpen, so he may not be too far from pitching in the ninth inning once he proves he's fully healthy and effective.

August 21, 2020 05:24 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Could face live hitters soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (illness) has been throwing at the Mariners' alternate training site in Tacoma over the past week and may face live hitters as soon as this weekend, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The veteran reliever is getting progressively closer to making his long-awaited regular-season and team debut. Hirano could get into an intrasquad game or two this weekend in Tacoma, and if that goes smoothly, he could be set for activation early next week.

August 15, 2020 05:44 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Joins alternate squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (illness) joined the team at the alternate training site Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Hirano tested positive for COVID-19 during the offseason, which forced him to miss time during camp. The right-hander will need to face hitters several times at the alternate training site as he gets ready to make his season debut, but the team is reportedly hoping he'll be able to join the major-league club soon.

August 10, 2020 02:36 AM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Could soon face live hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (illness) is close to being ready to face live hitters at the Mariners' alternate training site in Tacoma, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The veteran reliever has continued throwing bullpen sessions at the spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona, as he looks to make up for time lost to a COVID-19 infection earlier in the summer. Hirano appears close to being ready for the next step, with manager Scott Servais noting the 36-year-old is "getting his arm strength up and throwing all his pitches off the mound."

August 4, 2020 02:24 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Continues building up in Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (illness) remains at the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona for the moment, where he continues throwing bullpen sessions in an effort to build up his arm, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The veteran reliever's bout with COVID-19 earlier in the summer put him significantly behind the curve in building his arm back up, so Hirano is in the midst of playing catch-up at the moment. The 36-year-old, who's thought to be in line for save opportunities whenever he does make it to the big-league roster, will transition to the Mariners' alternate training site in Tacoma when he's ready to face live hitters.

July 30, 2020 02:28 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Slated for bullpen Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (illness) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session at the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona on Thursday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.

Hirano remains without a firm timetable for his 2020 debut, but manager Scott Servais noted the veteran is "another guy we desperately need." The 36-year-old had signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Mariners in January and was thought of as a leading candidate for the closer's job until testing positive for COVID-19 on June 25. Hirano did manage to gain clearance in time to participate in the last few days of summer camp, and he'll eventually work up to pitching in intrasquad games at the team's alternate training site in Tacoma before activation is considered.

July 20, 2020 02:40 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Arrives at summer training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (illness) cleared MLB's COVID-19 protocols and reported to the team facility Saturday, The Japan Times reports.

The veteran reliever was absent from most of summer training after testing positive for coronavirus, but he produced two negative tests and was able to participate in workouts Saturday. Hirano apparently dealt with a high fever and was unable to train during the early stages of his quarantine, so he'll likely require some time to ramp up before being game-ready. The 36-year-old was in the mix to operate as Seattle's closer, but Matt Magill is likely to begin the season in that role.

July 16, 2020 12:52 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: IL move due to positive COVID test
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano told the Kyodo News on Tuesday that his placement on the injured list was the result of a positive COVID-19 test.

Seattle never provided an official explanation behind Hirano's move to the IL earlier Tuesday, though his absence from summer camp had already created suspicion that he might have tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the report, Hirano's positive test came all the way back on June 25, and he's since tested negative for COVID-19 on July 6. He'll need one more negative test result before he's allowed to rejoin the Mariners for workouts, but since he hasn't been able to train the past two weeks, Hirano will likely require some ramp-up time once he reports to the team before he's deemed ready for game action. With Hirano out of the Seattle bullpen picture at least temporarily, Matt Magill now looks like the favorite to open the season as the team's top closing candidate.

July 14, 2020 08:52 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Moves to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano was placed on the injured list Tuesday for unspecified reasons.

The veteran right-hander has yet to report to Seattle's summer camp, and his availability for Opening Day next week is firmly in question. No official reason was provided for Hirano's absence, as the Mariners are legally unable to disclose if it has anything to do with the COVID-19 pandemic without his permission. The 36-year-old was expected to be in the mix for the closer's job at the start of the season, but Matt Magill is now the favorite to work the ninth inning for Seattle.

July 13, 2020 04:40 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Not present for camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano had yet to report to the Mariners' summer camp as of Monday due to an unspecified reason, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Viewed as a potential closing candidate for the Mariners heading into summer camp, Hirano's ongoing absence may now leave him behind Matt Magill in the bullpen pecking order. As a reliever, Hirano will require less time to get his arm conditioned for game action than a starter would, but with Opening Day just a week and a half away, he won't be a lock to be ready to go even if he reports to camp in the next day or two.

May 27, 2020 07:04 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Participates in Peoria workout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano was present for the re-start of workouts at the Mariners' spring facility in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The 36-year-old right-hander joined several of his teammates for informal workouts that were conducted in groups no larger than three. Hirano was able to engage in his throwing program under staff supervision, and he and his fellow hurlers should soon have access to bullpen mounds at the facility. The veteran only got five innings of Cactus League work in before spring training was suspended, but he put together impressive performances in both Japan and his 2018 MLB debut campaign with the Diamondbacks before scuffling some last season on the way to a 4.75 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.

April 10, 2020 04:48 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Projected to make roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano is likely to make the Opening Day roster, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

The 36-year-old didn't exactly make a strong case with his overall numbers during Cactus League play, as he posted a 5.40 ERA across five innings over five appearances before spring training was suspended. However, Hirano was identified by manager Scott Servais early in camp as a reliever he'd be comfortable utilizing frequently in high-leverage situations, even as the right-hander's 48:4 hold-to-save ratio over his first two big-league seasons underscores he's played much more of a setup role thus far in the majors.

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SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2021SEA00---00000000000000
2020SEA015.84130004412.3189821811
2019ARI554.75620001653.0513128732261
2018ARI432.44750003766.3492218622359
Total993.700000817131.3118625415653131
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SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2021SEA000---00000------0---
2020SEA015101.5000000.3402.1086319.70
2019ARI249471.0000002.2491.37723312.91
2018ARI468611.1000016.2081.08526210.04
Total61321181.1021018.2391.30255812.13
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/185
Birthdate:
03/08/1984
Age:
36
Hometown:
Uji, Japan
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Seattle Mariners
College:

MLB Experience:
1