Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Seattle Mariners’ All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma may miss the start of season due to a strained tendon in his right middle finger, which he will rest for 4-6 weeks.
He suffered the injury while working out in Southern California in preparation for Spring Training.
The finger, which is not expected to require surgery at this time, has been place in a splint and will be reevaluated in three weeks.
“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,” said general manager Jack Zduriencik.
Iwakuma went 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA over 33 starts last season, when he also made his first All-Star appearance and finished third in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award.
He has had a lot of injury problems in his career and he never once put together back-to-back healthy seasons during his time in Japan.