Mariners Lose Pitcher Iwakuma for 4-6 Weeks


Rob Carr/Getty Images(PEORIA, Ariz.) — Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will not throw for 4-6 weeks due to a strained tendon in his right middle finger.

Iwakuma, who was hurt while working out in Southern California,  has his finger in a splint and will be reevaluated by a hand specialist in three weeks.

“Lucikly, this does not appear to be a serious injury,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “It is a setback for Kuma, but we are confident that he will quickly overcome the missed time and be able to rejoin our rotation early in the regular season.”

The 32-year-old Iwakuma was one of the best pitchers in baseball last season,  his first as a full-time starter in the big leagues. Iwakuma threw 219.2 innings compiling a 14-6 record, 2.66 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 185 strikeouts in 2013.

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