February 13, 2014 in Sports

Mariners starting pitcher Iwakuma to miss 4-6 weeks with injured finger

 

Baseball: 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 had 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, but he’s likely out for all of spring training.

The injury isn’t expected to require surgery, at least for now, but he’s likely out for all of spring training.

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.

“I knew it was injured. I didn’t think it was a major thing,” Iwakuma said through team translator Antony Suzuki.

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

Associated Press

M’s Montero offers apology

Baseball: Jesus Montero was visibly nervous Wednesday as he apologized to his Seattle Mariners teammates and their fans.

The catcher-turned-first baseman was joining the team at spring training in Peoria, Ariz., for the first time since receiving a 50-game suspension after being connected to baseball’s Biogenesis performance- enhancing drug investigation.

“I want to apologize to the whole organization and all my teammates for what I did last year,” Montero said, his voice tinged with emotion. “I know I made a bad mistake last year and I don’t know what I was thinking. But I’m here right now this year to be better and to help the team to win.”

Montero is coming off a rough 2013. The catcher was a prized acquisition via trade with the New York Yankees in 2012 but struggled last year with his hitting and defense and was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma, where he was moved to first base. Then came a torn meniscus that required season-ending knee surgery and the suspension.

Associated Press


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