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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: James Paxton to start rehab next week

By on 7/13/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Seattle Mariners entered Saturday night's game against the Oakland A's with a 50-43 record, third in the American League West. Although only 17th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Mariners are staying within striking distance of the A's due to a pitching staff that is third in ERA at 3.16. The Mariners pitching staff may get even stronger with the return of James Paxton, who is set to start a rehab assignment next week. His presence the second half of the season may push the Mariners over the hump.

I reported on July 5 that Paxton, who originally injured his back on April 8, made a rehab start on May 24 before suffering shoulder soreness. His recovery time was pushed back as a result. At the time of the last report, Paxton was ready for simulated games, but there was no timetable for his return to game action.

Greg Johns, who covers the Mariners for, tweeted the following on Paxton's status.
Paxton is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts this season. In six career starts, Paxon has a 5-0 record with an ERA of 1.75. He's allowed only 21 hits and nine walks in 36 innings, while striking out 34.  

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