by Robert Finkelstein | Thu, Aug 10th 10:03pm EDT
Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to partake in an extended bullpen session on Friday. Iwakuma has been on the shelf since May 3 because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder. (Bob Dutton of The News Tribune)
The 35-year-old right-hander has already thrown three light bullpen sessions. Manager Scott Servais indicated that Friday's workout should provide a more definitive test. Iwakuma (0-2) struggled before the injury, as evidenced by his lackluster 4.35 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 31 innings, and his even more ghastly 4.6 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, and 2.0 HR/9. The veteran would need at least three rehab starts, which would likely push his timetable to return into September.