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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 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 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 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 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 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.

February 27, 2020 04:00 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Set for high-leverage work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano has been identified by manager Scott Servais as someone who will get the ball at the end of games and in late-inning, high-leverage situations to start the year, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. "We don't want to take opportunities away from our young players but understanding the games we have leads, early in the season let's give it to the veteran guy, let's try to hang on and win those games. I think Hirano is an important pickup for us," Servais said.

He logged a 3.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 120:45 K:BB in 119.1 innings across the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, although he was better in 2018 (2.44 ERA) than in 2019 (4.75 ERA). Seattle gave him a one-year, $1.6 million deal this offseason. Matt Magill, who is currently dealing with shoulder soreness, would seem to be Hirano's top competition for save opportunities. The Mariners figure to be one of the worst teams in the American League, so there may not be many opportunities for saves, but Hirano seems like as good of a bet as anyone in this bullpen to offer fantasy value.

January 31, 2020 01:20 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Signs with Mariners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano signed a one-year contract with the Mariners on Thursday.

Hirano spent the past two seasons with the Diamondbacks, posting a combined 3.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 120:45 K:BB across 119.1 innings. While the Mariners don't necessarily have a proven endgame option, the veteran right-hander seems more likely to fill a setup role for Seattle. Ricardo Sanchez was designated for assignment to free up a roster spot for Hirano.

September 8, 2019 12:24 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Back from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (elbow) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Sunday.

Hirano had been out with elbow inflammation since mid-August. He'll serve as bullpen depth for the Diamondbacks down the stretch, though he hasn't been particularly good this season, posting a 4.89 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 46 innings of work.

September 2, 2019 07:04 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Throws bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (elbow) tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.

It's been more than two weeks since Hirano was placed on the injured list. With time running out in minor-league seasons for rehab stints, Hirano may need to get his work in via bullpen sessions or simulated games. In the meantime, the Diamondbacks added a couple of relievers Sunday with roster expansion and could give Hirano whatever time he needs to get back on form.

August 27, 2019 05:28 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Starts throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (elbow) threw out to 90 feet Monday, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.

Hirano was placed on the injured list last week with inflammation in his right elbow. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has not provided a timeline for when to expect Hirano's return. At this time of the year, managers often wait for the calendar to flip to September, when rosters expand, to bring back injured players.

August 17, 2019 09:20 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Lands on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with right-elbow inflammation.

Hirano gave up a long ball Friday, his second straight outing allowing a homer after he allowed a total of three home runs in his first 53 appearances of the season. This elbow issue likely played a part in his recent struggles. He will be eligible to return Aug. 27 should he prove ready.

June 2, 2019 08:24 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Picks up extra-innings win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (2-3) pitched a scoreless 11th inning, allowing a walk and striking out one, to earn the win in against the Mets on Saturday.

Hirano was the pitcher of record when Tim Locastro provided a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th. Hirano has a 5.48 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 27 appearances spanning 21.1 innings this season, with his typical usage coming as a middle reliever or setup man.

May 18, 2019 09:20 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Squelches threat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings to grab his fourth hold in Friday's 7-0 win over the Giants.

Hirano entered the game in the sixth inning with one out and the bases loaded. He struck out Brandon Crawford on a steady diet of splitters and then got Kevin Pillar to pop out. The 35-year-old reliever has not allowed an inherited runner to score since April 3.

April 18, 2019 08:12 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Grabs save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Braves.

With Greg Holland pitching three times in the past four days, Hirano was called upon to secure the win Thursday against the Braves. He proved up to the task, earning his first save of the season. With Holland pitching well, Hirano's chances to close games don't figure to be frequent, though he appears to be second in line in scenarios where Holland is unavailable.

April 18, 2019 01:40 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Picks up relief win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (1-1) allowed one hit and struck out one over 1.1 innings in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Braves.

Hirano's off to a wobbly start, but manager Torey Lovullo is sticking by him as a high-leverage reliever. Since getting a vote of confidence from the manager, the 35-year-old has entered close games in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Four of his last five outings have been scoreless, and Hirano has struck out 10 over seven innings this season.

April 8, 2019 07:56 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: No role change planned
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Torey Lovullo said he has no plan to stay away from Hirano in high-leverage situations, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.

The question of Hirano's role was raised because the reliever has allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in three innings over four appearances. "I don't want to run away from anybody this quickly in the season," Lovullo said. "He's meant so much to us and done such a great job. I'm still going to give him opportunities to go out there and get big outs. It's just maybe one thing, one push, one good moment that's maybe going to get him over the hump." The right-hander has faced 19 batters, 10 of which reached base safely via a hit or a walk. Lovullo believes the reliever's fastball location is off, something that's supported by BrooksBaseball, which indicates fewer strikes thrown with the four-seamer.

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