PEORIA, Ariz. — Hisashi Iwakuma is, as the calendar turns to March, already three bullpen workouts ahead of last season and the payoff, he believes, will come in September.
And just maybe, October.
Iwakuma said he ran out of steam last season in the closing weeks, when the Mariners needed him the most, and he blames his collapse on missing all of spring training because of an injured finger.
“I don’t think my finger affected me, performance-wise,” he said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. “It was just fatigue in general. Missing spring training, I think that affected me, especially at the end.” …