PHILADELPHIA -- The hits keep coming for the Mariners, but thats not a good thing when they involve your pitching staff. Veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma became the fourth starter to be sidelined by injury when he went on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday due to right shoulder inflammation.
Iwakuma had been scheduled to start Thursdays series opener in Toronto, but rookie right-hander Chase De Jong will move up a day to take that spot and Christian Bergman will get his first Mariners start in Fridays game that originally was targeted for De Jong.
Iwakumas shoulder situation is a surprise as the 36-year-old had been pushed back two days already due to a bruised left knee after taking a line drive off his leg in his last outing on May 3 against the Angels.
Through interpreter Antony Suzuki, Iwakuma said the shoulder had bothered him his past couple starts and was further aggravated as hes tried to work around the knee issue, which affected the timing of his mechanics and delivery.
Im being pretty optimistic about it, he said. Ill go back to Seattle for an MRI and see what they say.
He just didnt feel he was ready to post, said Servais. Hes a pro, a veteran, and we have to trust those guys to know when theyre ready.
(ベースボールキング - 05月11日 01:22)