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|Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 01:31 am||
|Already ravaged by injuries to James Paxton, Felix Hernandez, and Drew Smyly, the Seattle Mariners' rotation suffered another blow Wednesday, as the club has placed right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, general manager Jerry Dipoto announced.
Iwakuma, who had Tuesday's scheduled start pushed back after taking a line drive off his knee May 3, was tentatively slated to pitch Thursday's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, but will now miss at least one more turn through the rotation with a shoulder issue that has prompted the club to send him for an MRI.
"I'm being pretty optimistic about it," Iwakuma told MLB.com's Greg Johns through an interpreter. "I'll go back to Seattle for an MRI and see what they say."
With Iwakuma now ailing, too, Yovani Gallardo remains the only starter who opened the season in Seattle's rotation and isn't currently on the disabled list.
"Four out of five. I haven't (seen anything like it)," manager Scott Servais lamented. "But I've said many times early this year and I'll say it again. They keep playing our games. We have to play our schedule. We have to keep going.
"Our team is very resilient. The guys like each other, they play hard and keep grinding. Lately our bullpen has been really good to keep us in games and let our offense rally. Everybody just has to do their part."
Iwakuma, who turned 36 last month, is off to a mediocre start this season, having put up a career-worst 4.35 ERA (89 ERA+) and 1.26 WHIP over his first six starts while serving up seven homers and notching just 16 strikeouts in 31 innings.
In a corresponding move, the Mariners recalled reliever Sam Gaviglio from Triple-A Tacoma.