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Mariners News Feb. 12

marinersSPitcher Hisashi Iwakuma Out Temporarily With Minor Injury

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.

While working out in Southern California in preparation for spring training, right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma suffered an injury to the middle finger on his right (throwing) hand. Iwakuma was examined by hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan in Arizona. Dr. Sheridan has diagnosed a strained tendon in his middle finger. Iwakuma has had the finger placed in a splint, and will not throw for four to six weeks. He will be re-examined after three weeks. At this time, it is not expected that the finger will require surgery to repair. “Luckily, this does not appear to be a serious injury,” said Zduriencik. “It is a setback for Kuma, but we are confident that he will quickly overcome the missed time and be able to rejoin our rotation early in the regular season.”

Mariners pitchers and catchers are officially reporting to camp today, and will have their first workout tomorrow (February 13). For more information, please contact the Seattle Mariners baseball information department in Arizona at (623) 776-4800. More information on Seattle’s roster is also available online at



Seattle Mariners Academia De Baseball Grand Opening.  Mariners open state-of-the-art facility in Dominican Republic.

BOCA CHICA, D.R. – The Seattle Mariners will open their new baseball academy in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic on Thursday, February 13, 2014. The Grand Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. at the Mariners Academy.

Master of Ceremonies Yancen Pujols (Sports Editor, Periodico El Caribe) will lead a Grand Opening that will include Whitney Jensen-Rodriguez, representing the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Mariners President & Chief Operating Officer Kevin Mather, Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik, Mariners Director of Dominican Republic Administration Martin Valerio and Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano.

“It is understood by every fan of Major League Baseball just how important the Dominican Republic has been to the welfare of our fine game,” said Zduriencik. “By opening this state-of-the-art facility in Boca Chica, it bonds a long standing relationship that the Seattle Mariners organization has had with players, coaches, and fans from the Dominican Republic and this wonderful country.  I speak for every member of this organization when I say; we are excited and proud that this facility will ensure what is best for each and every player that signs a professional baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners.”

The academy is located on 24 acres and will be a residential facility where prospects will live, work out, attend school and develop their baseball skills as they prepare athletically and culturally for baseball careers in the United States.

The academy will include three full-sized fields and one practice field, agility field, covered batting cages, bullpen facilities with six pitchers mounds, dormitory space for up to 80 top prospects, dining hall, classrooms for English language and Spanish literacy instruction and a computer lab.

February 12, 2014/Mariners News