Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/28/12

For the second time in three weeks, Seattle Mariners right-hander Kevin Millwood had to come out of game with pain in his right groin.

The last time it happened, on June 8, the Mariners waited a week before putting him back in the rotation. He made three more starts after that, including Wednesday, when he left the game with two outs in the third inning of what wound up being a 2-1 loss to the Oakland A's.

There isn't any possibility of giving Millwood extra time now. Back in early June, the Mariners had days off both before and after that series, and manager Eric Wedge had leeway to get Millwood ready.

Now, however, Seattle is in a middle of a 13-game stretch with no days off. So if Millwood can't go Monday against Baltimore, they Mariners will either have to put him on the disabled list and call up a starter from Class AAA Tacoma, or Seattle will have to ask former starter Hisashi Iwakuma to step in.

That would not be Wedge's first choice.

"I like the role he's in, and I love the job Kuma's done there," Wedge said. "But if that is our best option, then we'd have to seriously think about it."

Iwakuma has adapted to the role of middle reliever after having started the season as the long man. In his heart, he's still a starter.

If the Mariners asked him to start Monday, "I would be ready," Iwakuma said when asked."Starting wouldn't be a problem at all."

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