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Monday, July 28, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: James Paxton completes third rehab start

By on 7/28/2014 01:30:00 PM

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton completed his third rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday night, according to a release on the team’s website:

Paxton hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 8 after straining his left lat. He has suffered a few setbacks since and was shut down in late May after an MRI revealed shoulder inflammation, but appears to be on track to return to the rotation soon.

The 25-year-old allowed one run in 4.1 innings and struck out five. Most importantly, Paxton was able to throw 78 pitches without any discomfort.  

Paxton, one of the most highly-touted prospects in Seattle’s organization before the season, is off to a 
promising start to his major league career. In his first five starts, Paxton has a 1.75 ERA (3.38 FIP) and has struck out 24.8 percent of opposing batters.

The Mariners need Paxton healthy for the final two months of the season. Erasmo Ramirez and Taijuan Walker have been unable to secure the No. 5 spot in Seattle’s rotation, while rookie Roenis Elias will soon be approaching an innings limit. 

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