Paxton (illness) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Paxton has been sidelined since Sept. 7 while battling pneumonia. He fired a successful bullpen session Tuesday and will throw another Friday before being reevaluated. The southpaw is still hoping to make two more starts before the end of the season, though he'll need to return early next week for that to happen.
Paxton (illness) is not listed among the Mariners' starters for their weekend series against the Rangers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Paxton hasn't pitched since Sept. 7 while battling pneumonia. He tossed a bullpen session Tuesday but remains unready to rejoin the rotation. Unless he gets back Monday or Tuesday against Oakland, he'll end up making just one more start this year.
Paxton (illness) joined the Mariners on Monday, though he remains without a return date, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Paxton is apparently still feeling the after effects from the flu/pneumonia combination he's been dealing with recently. The southpaw is hoping to throw a bullpen session in the coming days, after which a potential timetable for his return could emerge. Barring any setbacks, Paxton could rejoin the rotation over the weekend against the Rangers.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said there's a "small percentage" chance that Paxton could start Wednesday against the Astros, but it's more likely the lefty rejoins the rotation next weekend versus the Rangers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Though Paxton threw off flat ground Saturday without setbacks, the Mariners may want him to build up his arm with a bullpen session and/or a live batting practice session before ushering him back into the rotation. It seems unlikely that he'll be able to do that before Wednesday, so the Mariners may need to turn to Roenis Elias to make a second straight spot start after filling in for Paxton earlier this weekend. Felix Hernandez (hamstring) could also be an option to start Wednesday if he's deemed healthy enough to toe the rubber by that time.
Paxton (illness) emerged from Saturday's catch session without setbacks, but his exact return date to the rotation remains up in the air, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. While the report coming from Saturday's catch session is encouraging, manager Scott Servais remains undecided about Paxton's exact precise timetable. The Mariners skipper mentioned the possibility of Paxton throwing an early-week bullpen session to further gauge his progress in a return from a bout with pneumonia, but the team appears to be preparing reliever Roenis Elias for a second straight start Wednesday against the Astros as a backup plan.