Feb 13, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma during team workouts at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners pitcher out 4-6 weeks after destroying finger on protective net

There are still teams who’ve yet to have pitchers and catchers to report to their complexes and yet, we already have our first knucklehead injury of Spring Training.

Just days into their camp, Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will miss four to six weeks after suffering a strained tendon in the middle finger on his throwing hand.

So how did he suffer the injury? By catching his finger on a protective pitching net.

“We were doing some baseball drills, working out with ex-teammates,” he said Wednesday through interpreter Antony Suzuki. “I jumped for a ball, and unconsciously grabbed the netting (on a protective movable screen).

“My right (middle) finger got caught in the net, and I pulled it. I knew it was injured. I didn’t think it was a major thing. I rested my finger for about a week and started playing catch again, long toss as always.

“I thought it was good, but the pain didn’t go away.”

No, it’s not as bad as San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt missing time after stabbing himself while he attempted to separate frozen hamburger patties, but I’m sure this isn’t the last dumb injury we’ll have.

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