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Friday, April 25, 2014

Mariners' James Paxton throws for first time since being put on DL

By on 4/25/2014 09:45:00 PM

According to Greg Johns of, James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners threw for the first time Friday since being placed on the Disabled List April 9th. He was sidelined with a strained lat muscle against the Angels in their home opener and will be out for another 6-8 weeks, like I reported on the 22nd.

Jim Cunningham of Sports Injury Alert reported Thursday that Paxton was cleared to play catch after nearly 3 weeks since his injury. With Taijuan Walker cleared to throw as well, the core rotation for Seattle will be set with in the next couple months. Their favorable rotation would consist of Felix Hernandez, Hasashi Iwakuma, Paxton, Walker, and Erasmo Ramirez.

Paxton, 25, has had 6 major league starts combined and has an earned run average of 1.75 in those starts. He has struck out 34 batters, walked 9, and is 5-0 in 36 innings pitched.

The Mariners play the rangers in Seattle Friday night with Roenis Elias and Robbie Ross matching up to start a 3-game series. Seattle is 8-13 and good enough for 4th place in the American League West as the Rangers are 14-8 and are in 1st place in the AL West.

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