BY SPNW Staff 01:01PM 02/12/2014

Iwakuma Out 4-6 Weeks With Finger Injury

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will not pitch for at least four to six weeks after suffering a strained tendon on the middle finger on his throwing hand, the Mariners said Wednesday. Iwakuma, who finished third in last year’s Cy Young Award voting, suffered hurt himself¬† working out in Southern California in preparation for spring training. Pitchers and catchers reported to Peoria, AZ., Wednesday.

Dr. Don Sheridan examined Iwakuma’s finger and placed it in a splint. He will be examined again in three weeks.

“Luckily, this does not appear to be a serious injury,” said GM Jack Zduriencik. “It’s a setback,¬† but we are confident that he will quickly overcome the missed time and be able to join our rotation early in the regular season.”

Iwakuma went 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.00 WHIP last season. He led the American League in WAR for pitchers (7.0) and made his first All-Star team.

Also, the Mariners open their new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic Thursday. The academy is on 24 acres and will serve as a residential facility where prospects will live, work out, attend school and develop their baseball skills as they prepare athletically and culturally for careers in the U.S.


YourThoughts

  • 1coolguy

    Oh, is Lincoln gone? No? The who cares?

  • jafabian

    Not a big deal, though it could mean he might be off to a slow start when the season begins. I’ll still draft him for my fantasy team!