Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:21:51 -0800
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma is healthy this year in spring training and is excited about what he can accomplish in 2015. He threw 45 pitches during a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 23, that saw him mix in fastballs and breaking pitches. Last year at this time he had a splint on his finger and was simulating throwing as a spectator for roughly six weeks. Iwakuma never got into his comfort zone last year after starting on the disabled list, even though he finished 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA.
Fantasy Tip: If Iwakuma's 2014 season was considered a down year, we should all be excited for what's in store this year as he enters fully healthy. He finds himself ranked just behind the high-upside strikeout pitchers, but he'll be valuable to your staff as a No. 2 or 3 starter.
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 01:26:10 -0800
The Seattle Mariners will not trade SP Hisashi Iwakuma despite interest from multiple teams. General manager Jack Zduriencik went so far to say he had no ideas where the rumors were coming from and that he was not going anywhere.
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:55:59 -0800
Several teams have expressed interest in trading for Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma. The Boston Red Sox have reportedly had internal conversations about him.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:07:21 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma's 2015 option for $7 million was exercised Thursday, Oct. 30. His option was actually vested based on his on-field performance in 2014. He went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts after missing the first month of the season.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:17:48 -0700
The Seattle Mariners hold a club option for next season on SP Hisashi Iwakuma, and general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed this week that the team will exercise that option. He called the decision a "no brainer."
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:57:43 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (back, groin) was pulled from his start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, Sept. 26, for precautionary reasons. He had been bothered by a sore back and groin in his previous starts but checked out fine.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:19:08 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma is 2-3 with a 9.12 ERA in his last six starts after getting knocked around by the Houston Astros Sunday, Sept. 21.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:43:44 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker is likely to start against the Houston Astros Friday, Sept. 19, which would mean an extra day of rest for SPs Chris R. Young and Hisashi Iwakuma. Walker has given up just two runs and 10 hits in 9 1/3 innings in three relief outings since being called up Sept. 1.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:05:58 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (calf) is fine after he dealt with a cramp in his calf during the game Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Fantasy Tip: It looks like Iwakuma should not miss a start because of the minor injury. Owners should continue to have him in their starting lineups.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:53:11 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma allowed just four hits with no walks over eight scoreless innings while posting a season-high 11 strikeouts in a win Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Since July 1, Iwakuma is 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA, 65 strikeouts and four walks in 72 innings over 10 starts.
Fantasy Tip: Iwakuma has emerged as a fantasy must-start in all formats this season. Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez and Chris Young have been the best trio of pitchers in baseball this season.