Report: the Dodgers are backing away from Hisashi Iwakuma following failed physical


This is a translation of a Japanese report and it has not yet been confirmed by anyone with the Dodgers. But if it’s true it’s super bad news for everyone involved:

Iwakuma, of course, suffered a strained lat muscle during the first half of last season, and he made only 20 starts as a result. He posted a 3.54 ERA with a 1.064 WHIP and a 111/21 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings. But, despite the fact that his durability is a question mark, the Dodgers agreed to a three-year deal with him. If he has failed his physical there is a good chance that the deal gets scuttled and the Dodgers are back to square one.

The Dodgers offseason has already consisted of them being outbid for Zack Greinke, having their trade for Aroldis Chapman scuttled due to a domestic violence incident and the Giants adding a couple of top free agents. If they now lose Iwakuma, after everything else, Dodgers fans are gonna plotz.