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Iwakuma Injures Finger, Won’t Throw For At Least A Month

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Hisashi Iwakuma has not pitched well of late, but the Mariners need him to right the ship Sunday in Houston. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hisashi Iwakuma has not pitched well of late, but the Mariners need him to right the ship Sunday in Houston. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will not throw for four to six weeks because of an injury to the middle finger of his right hand.

Iwakuma reported for his physical Wednesday at Mariners spring training headquarters and has a splint over the finger. He’s been diagnosed with a strained tendon and will be re-examined by a hand specialist in Arizona in three weeks.

The injury isn’t expected to require surgery, at least for now.

Iwakuma said his finger got caught as he tried to retrieve a ball in some netting while working out in Southern California on Jan. 20.

Iwakuma went 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 2013.

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