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July 30, 2021 07:08 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Remaining involved during recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm), who is out until 2022, has been participating in rehabilitation sessions at T-Mobile Park on a near-daily basis and serving as a mentor to younger pitchers on the roster, the team's official site reports.

The veteran left-hander still has a long road ahead in his recovery, but the fact he's making the best of an unfavorable situation is certainly encouraging. Paxton has reportedly remained free of setbacks in his work back from season-ending surgery for a left forearm strain and continues to have a chance to return to the mound at some point before the All-Star break next season.

April 16, 2021 04:36 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Shifts to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday.

The team announce earlier this week the 32-year-old will require Tommy John surgery, so it was only a matter of time before he moved to the 60-day IL. Paxton will miss the rest of the season and is looking at a potential return during the middle of the 2022 campaign.

April 13, 2021 03:00 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Tommy John surgery on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Tuesday that Paxton (forearm) will require season-ending Tommy John surgery, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

This was the expected outcome for Paxton before he opted to get a second opinion. With the lefty now on track to have the elbow procedure in the near future, he'll likely be sidelined through at least the middle of the 2022 season. Set to turn 33 in November and with a number of previous injuries on his medical record, Paxton may have difficulty landing anything more than a minor-league deal if he opts to continue his career after the surgery.

April 11, 2021 02:48 AM
Mariners' James Paxton: Second opinion coming Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton will seek a second medical opinion on his left forearm strain Monday, the Associated Press reports.

The left-hander is still likely to undergo Tommy John surgery, but Paxton is clearly looking to explore all his options before taking that course of action. If he does ultimately undergo the procedure, Paxton is likely to be sidelined until at least the middle of the 2022 season.

April 8, 2021 06:36 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Tommy John surgery recommended
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) will likely require Tommy John surgery, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Paxton suffered a left forearm strain Tuesday and had an MRI on Wednesday. After receiving a pair of opinions on the results of his MRI, Tommy John surgery has been recommended for the southpaw. If Paxton ultimately undergoes the procedure, he'd miss the remainder of the 2021 season. The left-hander is slated to become a free agent during the offseason and would likely miss the start of the 2022 campaign if he decides to continue his career.

April 8, 2021 01:24 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Getting second opinion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) will get a second opinion on his MRI results, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Paxton was placed on the 10-day injured list after he suffered a left forearm strain during Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. He underwent an MRI on Wednesday, but he won't have a timetable for his return before he receives a second opinion on the test results. Nick Margevicius is expected to serve as the sixth man in Seattle's rotation while Paxton is sidelined.

April 7, 2021 03:00 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Lands on 10-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.

Paxton was initially diagnosed with a left forearm strain after leaving Tuesday's loss to the White Sox, but he'll undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of the issue. Ljay Newsome was recalled in a corresponding move, but the Mariners are expected to fill Paxton's spot in the six-man rotation with long reliever Nick Margevicius.

April 7, 2021 09:08 AM
Mariners' James Paxton: Headed for MRI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Scott Servais said that Paxton will undergo an MRI on Wednesday after Mariners team doctors gave the southpaw an initial diagnosis of a left forearm strain following his departure from Tuesday's 10-4 loss to the White Sox, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Making his first start of the season in his second stint with the Mariners, Paxton lasted just 1.1 innings and 24 pitches before exiting the contest due to the arm injury. Paxton told reporters after the game that he wasn't in as much pain Tuesday as he was when he suffered a Grade 1 forearm flexor strain late last season as a member of the Yankees, but the MRI will provide more clarity regarding the extent of his latest arm-related injury. Even if the MRI shows that his UCL is intact and confirms that he's dealing with a minor strain, Paxton still seems likely to land on the 10-day injured list.

April 7, 2021 01:40 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Leaves with elbow discomfort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton exited Tuesday's game against the White Sox with left elbow discomfort, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

The left-hander was removed during the second inning Tuesday only 24 pitches into his season debut, and it's now confirmed that he's dealing with an arm issue. The severity of the injury is unclear, but it's an ominous sign for Paxton, especially given his injury history.

April 6, 2021 10:52 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Exits with apparent injury Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton was removed from Tuesday's start against the White Sox with an apparent injury, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.

The 32-year-old threw 15 of his 24 pitches for strikes before exiting with the athletic trainer during the second inning. The specifics of the situation remain unclear, but it's a rough start to the season for Paxton, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career.

March 31, 2021 05:12 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Pushed back in pitching schedule
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Paxton will make his first start of the season Tuesday against the White Sox, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Paxton was initially lined up to start the Mariners' second game of the season Friday against the Giants, but he'll instead switch spots in the rotation order with Yusei Kikuchi. The change isn't an ideal one for Paxton's fantasy managers, especially for those in leagues with two separate lineup periods for the first two weeks of the season. Not only will Paxton miss out on a Week 1 start, but he'll also get a downgrade in matchup in swapping out the Giants for the White Sox in his first start.

March 29, 2021 01:52 AM
Mariners' James Paxton: Cruises in final start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton recorded nine strikeouts and allowed two hits and two walks while also hitting a batter over four scoreless innings in a Cactus League win over the Giants on Saturday.

Paxton finishes Cactus League play with 17 strikeouts over 8.1 innings, proving the velocity drop he experienced as a result of numerous injuries last season is no longer an issue. The veteran left-hander lines up to take the ball against the Giants in the Mariners' second game of the season Friday night.

March 23, 2021 01:44 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Velocity encouragingly back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton, who recorded eight strikeouts over 4.1 innings in his Cactus League debut versus the Brewers on Sunday, saw his fastball top out at 97 mph during the outing, Daniel Kramer of reports. "This is what I've been working for," Paxton said. "Last year was tough for me. I didn't have any of the velo, my body wasn't in the right place, but I went to work this offseason and I feel like I'm in a really good place now."

Paxton had been putting in work exclusively on the back fields of the Mariners' spring complex due to a now-resolved visa issue, so Sunday marked his first time facing opposing hitters since Aug. 20 of last season while with the Yankees. The left-hander battled back and flexor injuries last season, which led to the average velocity on his fastball dropping to a career-low 92.2 mph. That made his form in Sunday's outing, during which Paxton struck out exactly half of the 16 hitters he faced and yielded just two hits, particularly encouraging. Paxton likely lines up for one more Cactus League start before the end of spring training.

March 19, 2021 09:28 AM
Mariners' James Paxton: Cactus League debut on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton's next start will come in a Cactus League matchup, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Paxton has been healthy and free of any issues early in spring training, but he had been preparing for the regular season during morning workouts and "B" games to begin camp. However, manager Scott Servais confirmed Thursday that Paxton's next appearance will be in a Cactus League game. While Servais didn't reveal what day Paxton will start, the southpaw remains on track for the regular season.

March 18, 2021 01:52 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: On track for regular season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton, who hasn't pitched in any Cactus League games, continues to ramp up for the regular season with morning workouts and "B" games, Alyson Footer of reports. "We've been doing morning work with James; no injuries, no issues at all," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "The fact that you haven't seen him in an 'A' game has nothing to do with his physical health. He's looked great since the day he got in."

Paxton is the only member of Seattle's projected six-man starting rotation who hasn't yet taken the mound in an official spring training game, but the team has repeatedly confirmed the veteran isn't dealing with any health issues. Dipoto also said Wednesday that Paxton has been regularly hitting 95-96 mph with his fastball and has already stretched out to four innings. The projected No. 2 starter remains on track to take his first regular-season return through the rotation, and he's slated to pitch in another "B" game this coming weekend.

March 16, 2021 11:24 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Working through visa issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton has had two Cactus League starts canceled due to appointments to sort out a visa issue, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

The Canadian lefty has pitched simulated games instead of making those starts. He's yet to appear in a Cactus League game this spring but has reportedly looked good in those sim games. Assuming he gets it all sorted out this week, Paxton will debut in exhibition action Sunday against the Brewers.

March 15, 2021 01:04 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Pitching another sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton was scratched from his scheduled start in Monday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

Paxton was expected to make his spring debut Monday, but he'll instead throw in a simulated game since he had to address a personal matter that would have conflicted with the Cactus League game. The left-hander is still expected to increase his pitch count in the sim game, so he remains on track to be ready for the start of the season. Ljay Newsome will get the start against the Diamondbacks in Paxton's stead.

March 9, 2021 11:24 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Set for second sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton will pitch in a second simulated game Tuesday, which would normally be his day in the rotation, Daniel Kramer of reports.

Paxton has yet to make his spring debut, but his delay in jumping into game action is unrelated to any health issue. Rather, the left-hander has been looking to refine some secondary pitches, and Kramer adds that the team is also opting to have him get his work in sim games for the moment "due to scheduling and logistics purposes."

March 5, 2021 10:08 AM
Mariners' James Paxton: Sharp in sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton, whose Wednesday spring start against the Cubs was rescheduled, pitched in a three-inning simulated game to catcher Tom Murphy instead and looked sharp, Daniel Kramer of reports.

The veteran left-hander's start was rescheduled at his own request, as Paxton wanted additional time to refine his secondary pitches while creating more consistent direction and timing in the downhill portion of his delivery. Paxton noted he's specifically been trying to get his "explosion toward the plate" right and felt that he was able to improve on it the more he pitched to Murphy, with whom he's working on developing a rapport. Paxton anticipates he'll be ready to make his Cactus League debut early next week, potentially Monday against the Indians.

March 3, 2021 10:36 PM
Mariners' James Paxton: Nixed start not injury-related
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The rescheduling of Paxton's Wednesday start against the Cubs wasn't due to any health concern with the left-hander, Daniel Kramer of reports. "Pax is completely healthy," manager Scott Servais said. "It's just kind of shifting things around a little bit, lining up our rotation going from there. ... But there's absolutely nothing wrong health-wise with Pax. We're just going to give him a couple more days before he goes back out there."

The veteran isn't slated to take the mound until at least early next week at this point, as the Mariners have mapped out their starting pitching assignments through the weekend. Servais' assurance that Paxton's health isn't at cause for the shuffle is certainly encouraging after the southpaw's 2020 season with the Yankees was mostly derailed by forearm and back injuries.

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