Hisashi Iwakuma took a big step toward rejoining the Mariners’ rotation, tossing 56 pitches over 3 2/3 innings in his first rehab start for Single-A Everett on Saturday night at Everett Memorial Stadium against the Eugene Emeralds, the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
“For the first time in a long time,” Iwakuma said before Sunday’s game against the Astros through interpreter Antony Suzuki, “(I felt) back in game mode again. I still need to work on timing and mechanics. Other than that, I felt good.”
Of Iwakuma’s 56 pitches, 41 were for strikes. He allowed one run — a …