James Paxton had a 1-2-3 first inning but exited the game before the end of the season. (Getty)
SEATTLE (AP) – Left-hander James Paxton left in the first start of his second season with the Mariners because of a sore pitching elbow after throwing just 24 pitches against the White Sox Tuesday night.
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The sailors announced the initial diagnosis at Paxton two innings after he left the game. Paxton remained in the dugout to keep watch after he left the mound.
Paxton winced after throwing a 92 mph fastball to Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn with one out in the second inning. Mariners manager Scott Servais and a coach immediately reached the mound as Paxton leaned in with his hands on his knees. After an argument, Paxton left and was replaced by Nick Margevicius.
Paxton, who spent the past two seasons with the New York Yankees after playing his first six years for Seattle, returned to the Mariners in February with a one-year deal worth $ 8.5 million.
He underwent surgery in February 2020 to repair a herniated disc and remove a cyst from his back. He was 2-3 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts for New York last year before being suspended for a left forearm strain.
Paxton can earn an additional $ 1.5 million in performance bonuses for games started: $ 150,000 each for 6-10 and $ 750,000 more in starts 11-22.
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