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 came out of the first start of his second season with the Mariners with a forearm strain in his pitching arm after throwing just 24 pitches against the White Sox Tuesday night.
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The Mariners initially said Paxton had a sore elbow, but after the 10-4 loss to Chicago, both manager Scott Servais and Paxton described it as a forearm injury.
Paxton, who remained in the dugout to keep watch after leaving the mound, have an MRI on Wednesday.
“It is just frustrating. I feel like it’s been one thing after another for me, ”Paxton said. “I work very hard and do everything I can to be there and will continue to do so. And I hope I can take a break and stay healthy. “
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.
“I felt it get closer and then when the third batter showed up, it just got worse and worse and I felt it,” Paxton said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t pitch.”
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. 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.
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 interrupted by a left forearm flexor strain.
Paxton said this problem with his forearm feels different than what he had to deal with last year. He said there was more pain a year ago, making him optimistic that this could be less severe than initially feared.
Paxton said the offseason was a progression of building strength in the forearm in hopes of putting the problem behind him.
“I came in tonight and I was pretty sure it was going to be good, but it turned out it was too much my flexor was ready for, I guess,” Paxton said.
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