BY SPNW Staff 02:07PM 05/01/2014

Report: Iwakuma To Rejoin Mariners Saturday

The Mariners get Hisashi Iwakuma, third in last year’s Cy Young vote, back into their rotation Saturday in Game 2 of a three-game set in Houston.

Hisashi Iwakuma will reportedly rejoin the Mariners rotation Saturday during Seattle’s series at Houston. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

Although he is still on the 15-day disabled list and no official word has come from the Mariners, Hisashi Iwakuma will reportedly rejoin the Seattle rotation Saturday in Houston during its three-game series with the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Greg Johns of, who regularly covers the Mariners, was the first to break the story.

The 33-year-old Iwakuma, who finished third in American League Cy Young voting last year, missed all of spring training after spraining a tendon in his right middle finger. He threw four innings in a minor league rehab start Sunday for AAA Tacoma.

To make room for Iwakuma on the 25-man roster, the Mariners will have to move a player prior to Saturday’s 1:10 p.m. game.

As Iwakuma did last year, he will take the rotation spot behind Felix Hernandez, who will pitch the series opener in Houston Friday. Hernandez’s regularly scheduled start was pushed back a day due to the rainout in New York Wednesday.

Iwakuma will help bolster a rotation still missing Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and Blake Beavan, all on the disabled list.

The Mariners close out their series at Yankee Stadium Thursday (4:05 p.m. PT., first pitch). LHP Roenis Elias (1-2, 3.54) will throw opposite New York’s Hiroki Kuroda (2-2, 5.28).



  • jafabian

    The rotation has surprisingly done okay despite the injuries to Iwakima, Paxton and Walker. Looking forward to Hisashi’s return, especially when the club goes against their AL West rivals.

  • notaboomer

    bring jesus up:.289/.337/.951 7hr 21 rbi in 92 pa