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Hisashi Iwakuma will head back to Japan to play baseball

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SEATTLE, WA - MAY 3: Starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma #18 of the Seattle Mariners walks through the dugout after being pulled during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field on May 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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37-year-old pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will head back to Japan to continue his baseball career,’s Greg Johns reports. Iwakuma, who missed the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, says he’ll be ready by spring training.

Iwakuma signed a minor league deal with the Mariners last November after undergoing an arthroscopic debridement on his right shoulder last September. He appeared in two minor league rehab games on August 26 and 31, pitching three innings in total.

Iwakuma pitched in Japan from 2001-11 before going overseas to play Major League Baseball. Across parts of six seasons with the Mariners, he won 63 games with a 3.42 ERA and a 714/185 K/BB ratio across 883 2/3 innings. Iwakuma earned approximately $48 million during his time in the U.S. Not bad.

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