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Feb 23, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) stretches during camp at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Hisashi Iwakuma Out Three More Weeks

Sep 18, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The news didn’t get any better for the Seattle Mariners on Friday. Despite their second consecutive offensive thumping of the San Diego Padres, the news surrounding Peoria was that of doom and gloom for the pitching staff.

First, news came out of Taijuan Walker‘s shoulder inflammation and how he will be held back for a week.

Now, news comes that Hisashi Iwakuma’s finger injury will keep him out at least three more weeks.

‘Kuma visited a hand specialist Friday who told him and the team that the finger was healing nicely but recommended he keep the splint on and not begin throwing a baseball for three more weeks, leaving him with about a week of work before the regular season begins.

The fact that Iwakuma throws a split-finger pitch also worries the club because that wide spread grip puts additional pressure on those tendons.

We will continue to monitor his progress and give you updates.

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