For the second season in a row, James Paxton was limited to 13 starts, this time by a sprained finger. The hard-throwing lefty did a typically good job of limiting extra-base hits, except in three brief starts he made in September after he returned from the disabled list. Paxton figures to be the Mariners' fifth starter, and if he can stay healthy, he should have value in deeper mixed leagues.
Paxton (finger) has spent the offseason throwing simulated games at the Mariners' minor league complex in Arizona, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Paxton threw seven simulated innings Monday and will do so again later this week before shutting down for spring training. Among his 13 starts in 2015, seven went at least six innings, while only three reached the seven-inning threshold, which the aforementioned regimen is attempting to remedy as a part of the Mariners' rotation.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said it's highly unlikely that pitcher James Paxton will start Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. The Mariners were hopeful that Paxton would be able to pitch Wednesday, but it appears that will not be the case. It remains to be seen if he will take the ball again before the regular season comes to a close.
The Mariners are hoping starter James Paxton (finger) will be able to pitch Wednesday against the Astros, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. A torn fingernail abruptly ended Paxton's outing Thursday, his third start back after missing more than three months with a strained finger tendon. The M's will give him at least one additional day between starts this time through, with Vidal Nuno now tabbed to start Tuesday on short rest.
Mariners starter James Paxton left Thursday's game against the Royals after just 1 1/3 innings with a torn fingernail. Paxton allowed two runs on five hits in the start, but won't add to the statline because of the issue. He had another issue with a finger that cause him to go to the disabled list earlier in season, and it wouldn't be surprising if he's made his last start of the season. If not, his next scheduled start would come Tuesday against the Astros.
Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton didn't factor into the decision during Friday's win over Texas, giving up one run on six hits and four walks while striking out six over 4.1 innings. Poor control was Paxton's Achilles heel as he weaved in and out of trouble on Friday, with 42 of his 88 pitches missing the strike zone. Paxton has walked seven batters in 7.1 innings since returning from a finger injury that cost him virtually the entire summer - a continuation of his poor command from earlier this season. In 12 starts this season, Paxton has a horrific 3.97 BB/9 ratio.