Ivan Rodriguez may not get another start for the Nationals

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Even though Ivan Rodriguez is healthy and ready to play five days after coming off the disabled list, he’s yet to get a start this month, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Rodriguez might not get another start this season.

“One, [Wilson] Ramos is the No. 1 catcher,” Johnson said. “He needs all the experience he can get. Two, [Jesus Flores] is coming back from two years on the shelf. He can regain his shape. That’s very important.  That’s more important than Pudge getting in a game.  I know [Rodriguez] wants to play and is ready to play. I explained that to him once.”

Rodriguez, who missed nearly two months with a strained oblique, is batting just .212/.273/.322 in 118 at-bats for the season.  He’s 40 now and he hasn’t been an effective hitter in years, but he says he hopes to play four more seasons.  Sadly, he may need to stay in the league that long to get the 158 hits he needs for 3,000.  He has just 25 this year.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.