Mariners Place RHP Hisashi Iwakuma on DL

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SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencikannounced the following roster moves prior to tonight’s game vs. the Minnesota Twins:

  • Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP, placed on 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain (retro to 4/21)
  • Lucas Luetge, LHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma

Luetge (#44) will be in uniform for tonight’s game vs. the Twins.

Iwakuma’s placement on the 15-day disabled list is retroactive to April 21. He will be eligible to return on May 6. A replacement for Iwakuma as Sunday’s starting pitcher is to be determined.

Iwakuma, 34, is 0-1, 6.61 in 3 starts with Seattle this season (16.1 IP, 12 ER). He last pitched April 20 vs. Houston, leaving the game in the sixth inning with a 5-3 lead. His final line was 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO and 2 home runs allowed. For the season, he has allowed 5 homers in 16.1 innings pitched. Opposing hitters boast a .308 batting average against, after Iwakuma limited hitters to a combined mark of .235 in his first three seasons (2012-2014).

Iwakuma finished the 2014 season 15-9, with a 3.52 earned run average. He made 28 starts despite missing all of April on the disabled list with a torn tendon in his right index finger.

Luetge, 28, is 0-0 with a 3.24 ERA (3 ER, 8.1 IP) in 5 relief appearances with AAA Tacoma. He appeared in 12 games over 5 separate stints with Seattle in 2014, including 8 appearances in September. Overall he allowed 5 earned runs, while walking 5 and striking out 7 in 9.0 innings with the Mariners. Luetge spent the majority of last season with the Rainiers, going 3-2 with 3 saves and a 3.13 ERA (23 ER, 62.1 IP) in 42 games.

In three Major League seasons with Seattle, Luetge is 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA (47 ER, 86.2 IP) in 110 relief appearances. In his career he has limited left-handers to a .211 (32×152) average, while walking 17 and striking out 39.

LUETGE’s PLAYING RECORD

YEAR CLUB W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WP BK
2008 Helena 4-0 0.00 5 1 0 0 0 14.0 5 2 0 0 1 5 13 4 0
  West Virginia 2-1 3.72 8 6 0 0 0 36.1 35 16 15 2 0 10 33 4 1
2009 Brevard County 6-7 4.48 27 7 0 0 2 92.1 93 55 46 6 9 38 75 5 0
2010 Brevard County 1-1 2.29 16 1 0 0 0 35.1 36 10 9 1 1 10 21 6 0
  Huntsville 3-2 3.48 23 2 0 0 0 44.0 52 25 17 4 2 17 47 6 0
2011 Huntsville 1-3 3.13 46 1 0 0 3 69.0 63 29 24 3 1 23 69 6 0
2012 SEATTLE 2-2 3.98 63 0 0 0 2 40.2 37 20 18 3 1 24 38 5 0
2013 SEATTLE 1-3 4.86 35 0 0 0 0 37.0 42 22 20 2 2 16 27 4 0
  Tacoma 0-0 4.35 22 0 0 0 1 31.0 28 16 15 4 0 16 45 2 0
2014 Tacoma 3-2 3.13 42 0 0 0 3 62.1 58 24 23 6 4 27 70 7 0
  SEATTLE 0-0 5.00 12 0 0 0 0 9.0 6 5 5 3 0 5 7 1 0
2015 Tacoma 0-0 3.24 5 0 0 0 0 8.1 7 4 3 2 0 2 6 0 0
Minor Lg Totals 20-16 3.48 194 18 0 0 9 392.2 377 181 152 28 18 148 379 40 1
ML Totals 3-5 4.47 110 0 0 0 2 86.2 85 47 43 8 3 45 72 10 0

IWAKUMA’s PLAYING RECORD

YEAR CLUB W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WP BK
2001 KINTETSU 4-2 4.53 9 8 1 1 0 43.2 46 28 22 3 3 13 25 1 0
2002 KINTETSU 8-7 3.69 23 23 2 0 0 141.1 132 62 58 10 8 42 131 4 1
2003 KINTETSU 15-10 3.45 27 27 11 0 0 195.2 201 85 75 19 3 48 149 2 0
2004 KINTETSU 15-2 3.01 21 21 7 1 0 158.2 149 57 53 13 8 30 123 0 0
2005 RAKUTEN 9-15 4.99 27 27 9 0 0 182.1 218 113 101 19 6 40 124 7 0
2006 RAKUTEN 1-2 3.72 6 6 2 0 0 38.2 43 18 16 4 1 12 16  

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