Paxton (12-5) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks through just 3.2 innings to take the loss against Texas on Thursday. Paxton is working his way back from a pectoral injury, and while this was a better showing than his first start off the disabled list, the hard-throwing lefty still hasn't found his pre-injury form. The plan was for the Mariners to squeeze in two more starts for Paxton before the end of the season. He takes a 3.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 into his next projected outing against the Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.
Paxton could see up to three more starts before the end of the regular season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The left-hander endured a forgettable 50-pitch outing in his return from a pectoral injury Friday, but he could have three more opportunities to redeem himself before the regular season concludes. With the Mariners still within 3.5 games of a wild-card spot, Paxton could potentially take the hill on two occasions during a potentially pivotal season-ending road trip. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Rangers, when he'll try to get back to the level of pitching that's helped him generate a career-best 12 victories in 2017.
Paxton (12-4) took the loss against the Astros on Friday, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks over only 1.1 innings without striking out a batter. He needed 50 pitches to record those four outs before getting the hook, throwing just 27 of them for strikes. Paxton hadn't made a start for the M's in over a month and didn't get an opportunity for a proper rehab assignment, so some rust was to be expected. The lefty will next take the mound Thursday at home against the Rangers.
The Mariners activated Paxton (pectoral) from the injured list in advance of his scheduled start Friday against the Astros, Greg Johns of MLB.comreports. Paxton is ready to return after missing over a month with his chest injury. He will only be allowed to throw around 50 pitches, so it will be difficult for him to qualify for the win unless he is really on top of his game. That is at least possible, however, as he has allowed the Astros to score just one run in 20 innings over three starts against Houston this season.
Paxton (pectoral) threw 10 pitches off the bullpen mound in Arlington on Wednesday in anticipation of his Friday start against the Astros, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. This was the 28-year-old southpaw's final step before making his long-awaited return from the disabled list Friday against the Astros. Paxton will have missed just over a month when he finally returns, having last pitched on Aug. 10 against the Angels.