Hisashi Iwakuma to Make Rehab Start in Everett

Announcement from yesterday:

Iwakuma Scheduled to Make Rehab Appearance in Everett
Seattle Mariners starter recovering from back injury
EVERETT, Wash. – Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to pitch for the Everett AquaSox on Saturday, June 20, as part of his injury rehabilitation, the organization announced today.
Tickets for the game can be purchased in the AquaSox front office or online at aquasox.com. The Saturday, June 20, game begins at 6:05 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Iwakuma, a 34-year-old right-hander, injured his back earlier this season. He struck out 11 batters in three starts earlier this season, before injury held him out of the lineup. Iwakuma holds a 3.18 ERA in his MLB career, with 451 strikeouts.
A native of Japan, Iwakuma joined the Mariners via free agency in 2012, and has only appeared in one other minor league game. He threw a four-inning rehab start in 2014 for Triple-A Tacoma, striking out two batters.
Iwakuma will join an AquaSox squad that also features top prospects Alex Jackson and Luiz Gohara. The team opens play in the Northwest League at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Season tickets, group outings and mini-plan game packages are available now. Call (425) 258-3673 or visit the AquaSox office at 3802 Broadway in Everett for more information.

Unfortunately for yours truly, I have long-standing plans for this weekend and cannot attend; but if you’ve never been to Everett, it’s a great venue for something like this. Because of the small size of the stadium, you’re never far from the game at all, and if you love taking pictures like I do, you can get some nice ones at Everett Memorial. I understand that the AquaSox have done some food upgrading, too, which is my main complaint with their stadium, so that adds a little bonus to things.

I was going to attempt to get a post up about the game last night and the fantastic time Daniel and I had with Hunter Pence signs, but I was so busy at work I had to work through lunch just to catch up. I may try tomorrow, particularly if I can get some photos uploaded. It was a great night. The Mariners are finishing up their 4-game series with the Giants tonight, but I am about ready to go lay down and get some sleep, so I will not be able to watch. The weekend (and tomorrow’s Mariners Star Wars night!) cannot come soon enough.

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