Hisashi Iwakuma is fourth Mariners starting pitcher to land on DL
The Mariners’ hopes for contention heading into the 2017 season hinged on what appeared to be one of the more impre sive starting rotations in https://www.angelsedges.com/los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim/shohei-ohtani-jersey the majors.But Seattle’s dreams of watching Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo pitch deep into games and carry the team back to the playoffs have evaporated by the second week of May.Of that projected rotation, only Gallardo remains on the active roster after Iwakuma (shoulder inflammation) joined Hernandez (shoulder inflammation), Paxton (forearm strain) and Smyly (flexor strain) on the disabled list Wednesday. The Japanese right-hander was the only Seattle pitcher to make every start last season, but he is now on the shelf for an undetermined period.Iwakuma dealing with shoulder i sue that has bothered a couple starts. Going back to Seattle for MRI. Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) May 10, 2017With those four gone, the Mariners’ starters for the near future line up like this: Gallardo on Wednesday against the Phillies, then at four-game set in Toronto starting Thursday with Chase De Jong, Christian Bergman, “TBD” and Ariel Miranda set to get the ball. The Saturday start could go to Sam Gaviglio, who was called up from Triple-A to take Iwakuma’s roster spot. He has a 3.31 ERA in five starts for Tacoma this season, but has never pitched in the majors Andrelton Simmons Jersey .It’s a stunning turn of events for manager Scott Servais, who has seen Miranda lead the way with seven starts this season while carrying a 5.20 ERA. Though Seattle’s starters as a group have a 4.10 ERA, which sits in the middle of the pack among MLB teams, opponents are hitting .267 against them. Only the Braves, Cubs and Brewers have been worse in that department this year.Those mediocre-or-worse numbers come despite Paxton’s brilliance in his six starts before landing on the DL. The lefty has a 1.43 ERA and 0.982 WHIP while striking out 45 in 37 2/3 innings, but they can only give him the ball once every five days when healthy.The good news for the Mariners is there’s https://www.angelsedges.com/los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim/martin-maldonado-jersey plenty of season to go and none of their rotation injuries is season-ending, so there is time to recover. But this is not the situation Servais and Co. expected to find themselves in six weeks into 2017.