Hisashi Iwakuma made his first rehab start since injuring the middle finger on his throwing early in spring training on Sunday afternoon for the Tacoma Rainiers. Iwakuma was scheduled to go between 4-5 innings and 80 pitches in Las Vegas against the Blue Jays’ AAA affiliate.
Iwakuma was pulled after four innings of work, in which he yielded six hits, three runs (two earned) and no walks. Iwakuma struck out two and gave up just one extra-base hit, a double, in the outing.
The Mariners’ right-hander threw 76 pitches, including 29 in the first inning and 20 in the third. According to Mariners’ manager Lloyd McClendon, Iwakuma tossed another 10 pitches in the bullpen afterwards, putting him in position to go the desired 6-7 innings, 95-100 pitches his next time out.
Now will that next outing be Friday in Houston as the Mariners hope?
“I really don’t care about the results. I just wanted him to get through and be healthy and we’ll see where we go from here,” said McClendon.