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 Posted: Sun May 14th, 2017 05:24 am
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Things just went from bad to worse in Seattle.

The Mariners announced Saturday that right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, according to Greg Johns of The Japanese pitcher was initially placed on the 10-day DL on May 10.

The veteran admitted to being optimistic over the injury before undergoing an MRI that revealed shoulder inflammation. Unfortunately for Iwakuma, his return is not going to be imminent.

Prior to his injury, Iwakuma was struggling on the mound. In six starts this season, the 36-year-old performed to a 4.35 ERA with an inflated 6.26 FIP - second-worst in the league among starters this year.

The Mariners' decimated rotation has forced the team to rely on inexperienced starters Chase De Jong and Christian Bergman. To make matters increasingly bleak, ace Felix Hernandez reportedly felt discomfort in his injured shoulder while throwing Friday and will be re-evaluated at a later date.

Aside from Iwakuma and Hernandez, the Mariners are also without James Paxton and Drew Smyly. Of the bunch, Paxton appears to be the closest to a return, as the left-hander threw from 60 feet on Friday with no issues.

In the meantime, it's expected the Mariners will continue to rely on Yovani Gallardo, Ariel Miranda, De Jong, and Bergman.