Update via Dr. Parekh: Iwakuma with shoulder inflammation. Will likely need steroid injection to calm area down. Rest and rehab to recovery. 4-6 weeks RTP
Old vet Hisashi Iwakuma, 36 year old starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, was struck by a comebacker on his left knee in his last start. He has been battling what was diagnosed as a bruised knee, however while these can be painful, the team medical staff must have also been concerned about something that may turn out to be even a bigger deal – shoulder troubles. Iwakuma is expected to get an MRI today, and the results should be available later today. Likely Iwakuma was experiencing shoulder fatigue, possibly pain. Another possibility is that he may be experiencing numbness and tingling in his fingers (typically classic symptoms of Thoracic Outlet syndrome). The shoulder is complicated, and is especially vital to a pitcher. The injuries can range from a simple labral strain, to a torn labrum, to a partially/fully torn rotator cuff (muscle). I should have a better timeline for you once the MRI results come back.
Christian Bergman will fill in for Iwakuma, and he is slated to start on Friday in Toronto. For fantasy purposes, could be an option as he’s fared well so far in AAA Tacoma, going 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA, 0.55 WHIP, 24 K and 6 BB over 29 IP. If you are in a deep league, he may be a sneaky stream on Friday vs the punchless Blue Jays, go pick him up before someone else does!