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.
Paxton was removed from Thursday's start due to lower-back stiffness, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Considering Paxton's injury history, this news comes as a major relief. The lefty exited Thursday's start after recording just two outs and never looked himself as he was tagged for two home runs. Fortunately, the upcoming All-Star break will provide Paxton some extra time to get treatment and enter the second half in good health.
Paxton (undisclosed) was removed from Thursday's start against the Angels after recording just two outs, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. This is a concerning development as Paxton was tagged for three earned runs -- including two home runs -- before the training staff came out and took him back to the clubhouse. His velocity was noticeably down, hitting 93 mph on a fastball that normally sits in the high 90s. It wasn't clear what exactly was bothering Paxton, but more information figures to be made available later Thursday.
Paxton will start Thursday against the Angels rather than Friday against the Rockies as originally scheduled, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The Mariners will shift things around with Felix Hernandez out with a back injury. Paxton will remain on normal rest, having last pitched Saturday. The shift is great news for Paxton owners, as he'll end up avoiding the hitters' paradise of Coors Field.
Paxton's next scheduled start could be moved up a day to Thursday in the wake of Felix Hernandez's placement on the disabled list with a back injury, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. If he's indeed called on to start Thursday's series finale against the Angels in Anaheim, Paxton will have avoided Coors Field. The southpaw last took the hill Saturday at home against the Rockies, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings while also racking up nine strikeouts.