James Paxton had a 1-2-3 first inning, but the game ended before the end of the season. (Getty)
SEATTLE (AP) – Left-hander James Paxton missed the first start of his second stint with the Mariners due to an underarm strain in his pitching arm after hitting just 24 pitches against the White Sox on Tuesday night.
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The Mariners initially said Paxton had an elbow injury, but after the 10-4 loss to Chicago, both manager Scott Servais and Paxton described it as an forearm injury.
Paxton, who remained in the dugout after leaving the mound, will underwent an MRI on Wednesday,
‘It’s just frustrating. I feel for me that has been the kind of thing after another, ‘Paxton said. “I work very hard and do everything I can to be there and I will continue to do so. And hopefully I can pack up for a while and stay healthy. “
Paxton angered after throwing a 92 mph fastball to Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn with one out in the second inning. Mariners manager Scott Servais and a trainer immediately came to the mound while Paxton bent with his hands on his knees. After some discussion, Paxton left and was replaced by Nick Margevicius.
“I felt it kind of coming on and then when the third hitter came, it just got worse and worse and I just felt it,” Paxton said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t throw a pitch.”
Paxton, who spent the last two seasons with the New York Yankees after playing his first six years for Seattle, returned to the Mariners in February on a one-year deal worth $ 8.5 million. Paxton could earn an additional $ 1.5 million in performance bonuses for starting games: $ 150,000 each for six to 10 and $ 750,000 more over starting 11-22.
He underwent surgery in February 2020 to repair a herniated disc and remove a cyst from his back. He went 2-3 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts for New York last year before closing out with a left forearm flexor strain.
Paxton said this problem with his forearm feels different from what he treated last year. He said there was more pain a year ago, which made him optimistic that this might be less serious than initially feared.
Paxton said the off-season was a step forward in building strength in the forearm in hopes of putting the problem behind him.
“I came in last night, I was pretty sure I was going to be fine, but it turned out it was just a little too much for what my flexor was ready for, I think,” Paxton said.
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