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September 16, 2020 06:32 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Transferred to 45-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Wednesday.

Paxton recently faced a setback in his recovery process and has yet to resume throwing. He'll miss the remainder of the regular season after landing on the 45-day injured list, although it remains to be seen whether he could be available if the Yankees make a deep playoff run. The southpaw posted a 6.64 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 20.1 innings during five starts in 2020.

September 16, 2020 11:16 AM
Yankees' James Paxton: Still not throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) has yet to resume throwing following a setback last week, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

The Yankees held hope that Paxton could return before the end of the regular season when he began a light throwing program at the start of September, but that scenario appears to be in serious doubt given the soreness experienced by the left-hander last Wednesday. Paxton never reached the point of throwing off a mound prior to being shut down, so even if the soreness does subside, it may be unreasonable to expect the veteran to be able to build back up before the end of the campaign.

September 11, 2020 01:16 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: May not return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday it would be "challenging" for Paxton (forearm) to return this season, Bryan Hoch of reports.

The veteran southpaw was shut down from throwing after experiencing some soreness after his throwing session Wednesday, so it's not much of a surprise to hear a pessimistic outlook from Boone. Even if Paxton is able to return in 2020, he's unlikely to be stretched out for more than a couple innings with just over two weeks remaining in the regular season.

September 10, 2020 05:56 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Faces setback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) was sore following his throwing session Wednesday and will be shut down several days as a result, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

Paxton still hasn't thrown off a mound as he continues to work his way back from a flexor injury that he sustained in late August. With just over two weeks remaining in the regular season, time is running out for Paxton to return to game action following his setback. Even if he is able to return during the regular season, he likely won't be able to pitch many innings, which significantly limits his fantasy value.

September 9, 2020 05:24 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Still not ready for mound work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) threw off flat ground again Wednesday but won't be ready for mound work until this weekend at the earliest, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.

The veteran lefty is working his way back from the flexor strain he suffered in late August. Time is getting quite tight for him to return before the end of the regular season. If he returns as a starter, it will likely be for just one or two very brief outings.

September 3, 2020 03:16 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Plays catch Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) began his throwing program Thursday, Bryan Hoch of reports.

He played catch in what marks the first steps of him building back up. The Yankees hope that Paxton can be back to make a start or two at the end of the month so that they can figure out what he will be able to provide them with in the postseason, but it's unclear how realistic that timetable is.

August 28, 2020 11:24 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Not close to returning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) is "a little far away" from returning, according to general manager Brian Cashman, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

This makes it seem like Paxton could be done for the season, and at the very least is weeks and not days away from returning. The Yankees are set to play 18 games in the next 15 days and they only have four healthy members of the rotation. Top prospect Clarke Schmidt was ruled out by manager Aaron Boone as an option to come up this weekend, so there could be some bullpen games on tap for the Yankees in the coming weeks. They will also likely be active prior to Monday's trade deadline.

August 24, 2020 02:52 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Move to IL official
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Yankees placed Paxton (forearm) on the 10-day injured list Monday.

Paxton's impending move to the IL had been expected for several days after manager Aaron Boone said the lefty would be shut down from throwing for at least two weeks due to a left flexor strain, but New York waited to make the transaction official until this week. New York has yet to announce a replacement in the rotation for Paxton, but the team's schedule will allow it to get by with a four-man rotation until Sept. 1.

August 23, 2020 04:12 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: UCL intact
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton's (forearm) UCL is healthy, and he expects to return for a few starts before the end of the regular season, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated Saturday that Paxton will be shut down from pitching for two weeks, and he'll certainly need some time to ramp back up after he is cleared to resume throwing. However, the fact that the southpaw's UCL has no damage provides hope that he can return to the mound for the Yankees this season. While he probably won't have time to make more than a few appearances down the stretch, Paxton could contribute in the playoffs if all goes well in his recovery.

August 22, 2020 01:28 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Shut down for two weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Paxton (forearm) won't throw for the next two weeks, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Paxton was diagnosed with a flexor strain and then promptly placed on the 10-day injured list Friday. It appears as though the southpaw will have to spend more than the minimum time on the shelf as he won't be allowed to throw for the next 14 days and will most likely have to go through the proper buildup before making an official return to the mound.

August 21, 2020 07:00 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Heads to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton was placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 strain of his left forearm flexor Friday.

Paxton's performance has been quite poor all season, and he's posted a 6.64 ERA through five starts. It's unclear whether the injury accounts for all of his struggles, as he didn't complain of discomfort until his most recent outing against the Rays on Thursday. The Yankees are currently scheduled to play just five games in the next 10 days, as their series this weekend was cancelled due to coronavirus cases popping up for the Mets, so they may not need to replace Paxton in the rotation any time soon.

August 21, 2020 02:04 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Diagnosed with flexor strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton was officially diagnosed with a flexor strain Friday and is expected to head to the injured list, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Previous reports indicated that Paxton wasn't expected to require Tommy John surgery, though a strained flexor does often lead to such a procedure. How severe this specific strain is and how long the lefty is supposed to be out remain to be seen. Jonathan Loaisiga could move into the rotation in Paxton's absence.

August 21, 2020 06:56 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Not expected to need surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (forearm) is not expected to undergo surgery after getting good news from an MRI on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Paxton has struggled this season, posting a 6.64 ERA through his first five starts while experiencing a drop in velocity. He experienced discomfort in his forearm and elbow area during his previous outing Thursday against the Rays, but the Yankees believe the issue to be a muscular one and not something which would require surgery.

August 20, 2020 04:52 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Headed for MRI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton will undergo an MRI after experiencing discomfort in his forearm/elbow, Bryan Hoch of reports.

This is a worrisome development for Paxton, who reportedly didn't feel right during his outing against the Rays on Thursday, during which he allowed three runs on one hit and four walks while striking out eight batters across five innings. While the severity of the issue is not yet known, it's worth noting that forearm injuries can often be the precursor to a significant absence. Look for Paxton's status to be updated once his test results are known.

August 16, 2020 01:44 AM
Yankees' James Paxton: Hangs on long enough for first win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton (1-1) earned the win against Boston on Saturday, pitching five innings and allowing three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two.

Paxton was far from dominant as he needed 83 pitches to make it through five frames and yielded three runs. However, he kept New York in the game after falling behind 3-2 in the third inning and walked away with his first victory of the season. The left-hander has allowed exactly three earned runs in each of his four starts this season, though he lasted a combined four innings in his first two outings as opposed to the 11.1 combined frames he has pitched in his last two starts. Paxton will next face Tampa Bay at home Thursday.

August 10, 2020 11:08 AM
Yankees' James Paxton: Turns in promising start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton allowed three earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out 11 across 6.1 innings Sunday against the Rays. He did not factor into the decision.

Paxton dominated the Rays for six shutout innings of work but was undone when he was sent back out for the seventh frame. He allowed a leadoff double, followed by back-to-back home runs to spoil an otherwise excellent outing. Encouragingly, he also saw his velocity tick up slightly, regularly hitting over 92 mph with his fastball. After struggling mightily through his first two starts, Paxton will look to maintain his improved results Sunday against Boston.

August 3, 2020 02:24 PM
Yankees' James Paxton: Concerned about velocity drop
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton is worried about his drop in velocity this season, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. "I'm concerned. I'm trying to do everything that I can to figure out what's going on," Paxton stated following Sunday's start.

Paxton averaged 95.4 mph on his four-seam fastball in both 2018 and 2019, but his velocity has dropped drastically to 91.8 mph on the pitch so far this season. His cutter has experienced a similar decline (from 88.1 mph in 2019 to 84.9 mph in 2020), leading to a pair of poor starts in which Paxton has allowed a combined six earned runs on 12 hits over four innings. Whether the slow beginning to the campaign and significant dip in velocity are related to the southpaw's February back surgery is undetermined, but Paxton's spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy if he is unable to turn things around relatively soon.

August 3, 2020 03:12 AM
Yankees' James Paxton: Struggles again Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and struck out four in three innings in a no-decision versus the Red Sox on Sunday.

Paxton labored through his second start of the year, needing 62 pitches (45 strikes) to complete the three innings. He's given up eight runs (six earned) across two short starts this season. The southpaw has only walked one batter, but he continues to deal with a drop in velocity -- he hovered around 91 mph with his fastball Sunday. Paxton is expected to start next weekend versus the Rays.

July 30, 2020 11:56 AM
Yankees' James Paxton: Start pushed back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton's next start has been pushed to Sunday against the Red Sox, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

He last started July 25, giving up three runs in one inning while sitting around 92 mph with his fastball -- three mph slower than his typical velocity. With the Yankees purposely giving him a full week between his first and second start, there should be some cause for concern with regard to the health of his arm.

July 26, 2020 02:56 AM
Yankees' James Paxton: Showing lower velocity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Aaron Boone said Paxton's velocity was down throughout summer camp and remained there for Saturday's start against the Nationals, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. The left-hander took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while recording one strikeout over one inning.

The 31-year-old's fastball velocity sat around 92 mph Saturday, about three mph slower than his velocity over the past three seasons. Paxton underwent back surgery in February and he's apparently still attempting to fully get comfortable in his delivery. Per Bryan Hoch of, Boone said after Saturday's game, "I'm not alarmed, but I feel like physically he is sound. I think it's just a matter of really getting in his delivery and finding that click where he's really extending through the ball." Hopefully Paxton will return to form as he gets more time on the mound, but in a shortened season the clock is ticking on ironing out any kinks.

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