Mariners' James Paxton: Heading for disabled list

The Mariners will place Paxton (back) on the 10-day disabled list Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Paxton exited Thursday's start against the Angels after two-thirds of an inning due to back stiffness, but already wasn't going to pitch again until after the All-Star break. The Mariners and Paxton have downplayed the injury, but sending him to the disabled list provides a few extra days to rest up, regardless. At this point, the 29-year-old is still expected to take the mound for the Mariners' fourth game after the All-Star break, July 24 against the Giants.

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