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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: James Paxton to pitch three innings in first rehab start

By on 7/17/2014 01:30:00 PM

The Seattle Mariners enter the second half of the season with a record of 51-44, headed by a strong pitching staff that is third in the league in ERA at 3.16. With a mediocre offense ranked 18th in the league in runs scored, the pitching staff will be the key as the Mariners push for a wild card spot and outside chance at the division. One pitcher who could improve the Mariners' chances is left-hander James Paxton, who will make his first rehab start tonight after battling injury for most of the season. 

I reported on July 13 that Paxton,  who originally injured his back on April 8, made a rehab start on May 24 before suffering shoulder soreness, was throwing bullpen sessions and ready for simulated games. But there was no timetable for his return.

An update on Paxton, as reported by Nick Patterson of, is that Paxton is ready for game action and will take the mound in Everett tonight for a rehab start with the AquaSox.  Everett manager Dave Valle, a former Major League catcher, is looking forward to seeing his return.
“The plan is for him to go three innings (tonight) and hopefully he'll come out, put some good work in, and get ready to get back to the big leagues. We're just looking for him to come out of it with no problems."
Barring any setbacks, Paxton will progress to Triple-A Tacoma to finish his rehab assignment and should be able to return to the Mariners soon.

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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