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June 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma to start on Monday for Mariners in place of Kevin Millwood

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Half a season after he first debuted with the Mariners, Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is finally going to start a game for the Mariners. He’ll be taking the spot of Kevin Millwood, who has been bounced back a bit after his latest groin injury.
Iwakuma has made strides since he showed up in spring training and alarmed coaches and team executives alike with a lack of velocity, poor command and a very slow recovery time after he pitched. But he’s gradually worked himself into a major league baseball rhythm where he knows more about what’s expected from him preparation wise and recovery-wise.


Millwood will have his next start pushed back to next weekend in Oakland. The Mariners have an off-day on Thursday and thus can give Millwood some additional recovery time without having to put him on the 15-day DL. Mariners manager Eric Wedge says he doesn’t want Millwood to go too long without pitching again.
Franklin Gutierrez is going on the DL, but the new 7-day version designed for players with concussions. Gutierrez spent the night in a local hospital and is now resting at his Seattle residence. If he’s OK, the team will reinstate him after the seven days. If not, he’d have to be put back on for seven more days.
Gutierrez got hit in the right ear by a pickoff attempt in last night’s fourth inning. The team has recalled relief pitcher Steve Delabar from Class AAA, to help out in the bullpen now that Iwakuma is starting and won’t be available for relief work.
Michael Saunders has flu like symptoms and is also out tonight, meaning Casper Wells will start in center and Chone Figgins in left. Hector Noesi had better watch those fly balls to the outfield and not give up a ton of drives.

Comments | Topics: Chone Figgins, Hisashi Iwakuma

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