The Mariners have placed starter Hisashi Iwakuma on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the team announced. In addition, they have called up right-hander Sam Gaviglio from Triple-A Tacoma and put reliever Evan Marshall on the 60-day DL.
The loss of Iwakuma has officially desimated the Mariners’ rotation, as he is their fourth starter that has hit the DL, joining ace Felix Hernandez, John Paxton and Drew Smyly. Hernandez had to be put on the 10-day DL on April 26 with right shoulder inflammation. Paxton landed on the 10-day DL on May 5 with a left forearm strain. Drew Smyly has been on the 60-day DL since April 4 with a flexor strain in his left elbow. Out of the three, Paxton is expected to be back next week, barring any setbacks. Hernandez is expected to miss two to three weeks, while Smyly is expected to be sidelined for possibly another three weeks after being initially ruled out for six to eight weeks at the time of his injury.
Iwakuma is 0–2 with a 4.35 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 12 walks in six starts with the Mariners this season. The native of Tokyo, Japan, has played his entire six-year Major League career with the Mariners, compiling a career record of 63–69 and a 3.42 ERA in 150 career appearances, including 136 starts.
With Iwakuma now sidelined, the M’s hope they can get good pitching from Gaviglio, who joins a rotation that now includes Ariel Miranda, Yovani Gallardo, Chase De Jong and Dillon Overton. Gaviglio went 2–3 with a 3.31 ERA with 16 Ks and three walks in five at Tacoma this season.