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Hisashi Iwakuma 2014 Outlook

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Can we expect great things from Iwakuma again this year? Predicted numbers please...thanks

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Buried in the big headlines today is Iwakuma won't throw for 4-6 weeks per Rotoworld. This almost definitely puts him out for Opening Day.

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Excellent. This means he WILL be on my team. I'll be interested in reading up on the injury, but at least it is not shoulder or elbow. Not saying you want your hand to be hurting, considering he makese his living off of that, but this injury doesn't seem too bad. Will create a nice opportunity to snag him late. I'm buying on that basis.

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Excellent. This means he WILL be on my team. I'll be interested in reading up on the injury, but at least it is not shoulder or elbow. Not saying you want your hand to be hurting, considering he makese his living off of that, but this injury doesn't seem too bad. Will create a nice opportunity to snag him late. I'm buying on that basis.

I'll meet you halfway on the Value Train. When a dude throw 23% splitters, I'm sorta worried about the hand. Are we talking those ligaments between the pointer and middle finger? If so, I'm going to put my raincoat on in case it starts to pour bad news.

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According to Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish:

Iwakuma said he injured the finger when it got caught in the netting of a protective screen during an offseason workout. Iwakuma doesn't meet with doctor for three weeks. Hopes to be ahead of schedule to start throwing sooner than expected.

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Doesnt sound that serious. 4-6 weeks from now? Looking like what Mid to middle-late part of March. Maybe first start is off the table, but I would think that would be about it from that timetable. Certainly not anything that should knock his value too much (though for many it will).

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According to Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish:

Iwakuma said he injured the finger when it got caught in the netting of a protective screen during an offseason workout. Iwakuma doesn't meet with doctor for three weeks. Hopes to be ahead of schedule to start throwing sooner than expected.

<_< just pathetic........ as if the Mariners need any worse luck for their franchise.....

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Time to let everyone in my league know about this injury come draft day. I'd love to roster him again this year. Sadly, he won't be rostered w a 16th round pick like last season. Oh well. I'd probably give a 8th for him if available (12-teamer).

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Doesnt sound that serious. 4-6 weeks from now? Looking like what Mid to middle-late part of March. Maybe first start is off the table, but I would think that would be about it from that timetable. Certainly not anything that should knock his value too much (though for many it will).

Not throwing a baseball for 4-6 weeks. Once he starts throwing he will probably need 3-4 weeks. We are 6 weeks away from Opening Day. if he starts throwing at the shorter end at 4 weeks, probably still out through mid April. If its longer (which I suspect it will be because they won't rush). So conceivably he will be out until something like mid April to mid May.

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Doesnt sound that serious. 4-6 weeks from now? Looking like what Mid to middle-late part of March. Maybe first start is off the table, but I would think that would be about it from that timetable. Certainly not anything that should knock his value too much (though for many it will).

Not throwing a baseball for 4-6 weeks. Once he starts throwing he will probably need 3-4 weeks. We are 6 weeks away from Opening Day. if he starts throwing at the shorter end at 4 weeks, probably still out through mid April. If its longer (which I suspect it will be because they won't rush). So conceivably he will be out until something like mid April to mid May.

Stinks for Kuma, but great for H2H. I don't need him in April or May. Would love to see him slide down the board.

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Excellent. This means he WILL be on my team. I'll be interested in reading up on the injury, but at least it is not shoulder or elbow. Not saying you want your hand to be hurting, considering he makese his living off of that, but this injury doesn't seem too bad. Will create a nice opportunity to snag him late. I'm buying on that basis.

I'll meet you halfway on the Value Train. When a dude throw 23% splitters, I'm sorta worried about the hand. Are we talking those ligaments between the pointer and middle finger? If so, I'm going to put my raincoat on in case it starts to pour bad news.

What a freakish injury -- right up there with Pavano busting his spleen shoveling snow and Glenallen Hill's spider nightmare. I think Kuma will put up fine numbers again this year. I agree with bbythepier -- my only hesitation is the fact that he injured his middle finger. If he throws that many splitters, he might have trouble gripping the splitter for a while.

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What a freakish injury -- right up there with Pavano busting his spleen shoveling snow and Glenallen Hill's spider nightmare. I think Kuma will put up fine numbers again this year. I agree with bbythepier -- my only hesitation is the fact that he injured his middle finger. If he throws that many splitters, he might have trouble gripping the splitter for a while.

Marcus Giles going on the DL ironing his clothes is a good one too

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What a freakish injury -- right up there with Pavano busting his spleen shoveling snow and Glenallen Hill's spider nightmare. I think Kuma will put up fine numbers again this year. I agree with bbythepier -- my only hesitation is the fact that he injured his middle finger. If he throws that many splitters, he might have trouble gripping the splitter for a while.

Marcus Giles going on the DL ironing his clothes is a good one too

Mat Latos went on the DL after a hard sneeze one season.

Then there's always the Felix Pie and Kaz Matsui injuries in the worst area.......

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Doesnt sound that serious. 4-6 weeks from now? Looking like what Mid to middle-late part of March. Maybe first start is off the table, but I would think that would be about it from that timetable. Certainly not anything that should knock his value too much (though for many it will).

And what happens if the tendon hasn't healed in six weeks, or he has a setback, and he winds up needing surgery?

I'll let other teams take the risk this season.

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Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that Hisashi Iwakuma's finger injury "might not be as serious as we originally thought."

Iwakuma was diagnosed on February 12 with a strained tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand and given a 4-6 week timetable to return. However, it sounds like there's a chance he could be back sooner. "Any injury to a pitching hand is serious," Zduriencik cautioned. "This one might not be as serious as we originally thought, which is a positive but we really won’t know that until he starts throwing a baseball." Iwakuma will have his finger re-examined on March 3.

That's a positive doesn't mean a lot right now but better then bad news! I need him in my weak SP lineup

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He could return value this year. Lot of non-believers + those frightened by the injury. Still a top 30 starter without question.

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Sounds like a GM being optimistic to me. I still will downgrade him a bit. Much rather go after Latos and his knee injury discount over Iwakuma and finger injury discount.

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Looks like it will be late April before Iwakuma is back for the Mariners:

During his visit to the doctor on Friday, Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) was advised to keep the splint on his injured finger for another three weeks.

After that point he'll be able to resume throwing. Iwakuma had hoped to be cleared for throwing on Friday, but admitted that was probably optimistic. At this point, it looks highly unlikely that he'll be ready to rejoin the Mariners rotation until mid-late April.

Source: Greg Johns on Twitter

Feb 28 - 7:09 PM

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Wonder how many posts of "I'll gladly scoop him up 2 rounds later" will follow now.

I said it before, and I'll say it again to all the "glass half full" owners or prospective owners: Iwakuma is not Corey Kluber. He needs his middle finger and its tendons for his splitter. Even if you draft Iwakuma, how long before you get the real Iwakuma? And some had him pegged for regression anyways. Now you possibly marginalize his bread & butter pitch for a month or three......good luck, that's all I'll say.

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he still a top 40 Sp?

I think so, because you'll likely have a reasonably stable replacement value pitcher for the 2-4 starts, he'll miss, then gain upside value from then on out.

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