James Paxton's return to Mariners rotation may be Saturday

James Paxton should be back in the majors soon.
James Paxton should be back in the majors soon. (USATSI)

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Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton appears set to finally return to the rotation after a lat injury and then a shoulder injury while attempting to make his way back. Unless there are any setbacks until then, he'll likely rejoin the Mariners rotation Saturday, per the Tacoma News Tribune.

Paxton, 25, was a highly-touted prospect before being called up to the majors last September. Since then, he's done nothing but dazzle on the big-league mound. In six career starts (four last September and two this April), the lefty is 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 34 strikeouts against nine walks in 36 innings pitched.

The Mariners entered Tuesday night two games back of the second wild-card spot in the AL.

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