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James Paxton | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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James Paxton (finger) played catch from 60 feet on Tuesday.
It's a nice step, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon cautioned that it's "going to be a slow process" for Paxton. "Pax is going to be out for a while," the skipper added. It's not a surprise, as Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune speculated last week that the lefty returning prior to August would be "optimistic." Jun 30 - 7:24 PM

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James Paxton (finger) said he hopes to begin playing catch by Friday.

Paxton said the strained middle finger is almost pain-free. He was placed on the disabled list on May 29 with the injury, and it's unclear how long the rehab road might be. A return near the July 31 trade deadline might be a best-case scenario at this point.
Jun 24 - 7:25 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune writes that James Paxton (finger) returning prior to August would be "optimistic."

Paxton has yet to resume a throwing program, although the Mariners hope he'll be able to at some point this week. He hasn’t thrown for nearly a month and will have to begin the program from scratch, so it will take weeks for him to be built back up sufficiently enough to rejoin the Mariners' rotation. The left-hander has been on the shelf since late May with a strained tendon in his left middle finger.
Jun 24 - 10:24 AM

James Paxton (finger) has yet to resume a throwing program.

Paxton had been slated to resume throwing last week, but his recovery from a strained tendon in his left middle finger is coming along more slowly than hoped. The lefty should be considered out indefinitely.
Jun 22 - 6:54 PM

James Paxton (finger) will not begin a throwing program this week as previously hoped.

Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon acknowledged Wednesday that Paxton is progressing slower than expected from his finger injury. There is obviously no timetable for the left-hander's return to the Seattle rotation.
Jun 17 - 6:42 PM

James Paxton (finger) has been cleared to resume a throwing program next week.

Paxton suffered a strained tendon in his left middle finger nearly three weeks ago and has finally healed enough to pick up a ball again. He'll need to throw a few times before being cleared for a rehab assignment, so a return is still a ways away.
Jun 15 - 6:47 PM

James Paxton (finger) has not healed to the point where he's being cleared by doctors to throw.

Paxton suffered a strained tendon in the middle finger of his left hand on May 29. The injury has been slow to heal and the Mariners still aren't ready for him to start throwing. No real possible return date has been nailed down as of yet, probably because it's unclear just how long the finger is going to take to mend.
Jun 12 - 5:37 PM

The Mariners will reevaluate James Paxton (finger) in two weeks.

He suffered a strained tendon in his middle finger Thursday while pitching to Indians first baseman Brandon Moss. The Mariners have not decided who will take Paxton's place in the starting rotation. The left-hander is 3-3 this season with a 3.70 ERA.
Source: Mariners.com
May 30 - 9:31 PM

Mariners placed LHP James Paxton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained tendon in his finger.

The young southpaw was removed from his start on Thursday with the issue. It's unclear at the moment how long he'll be sidelined, but the Mariners should have an update on his status soon. Domonic Leone has been recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.
May 29 - 8:12 PM

James Paxton left Thursday's game against the Indians in the fifth inning due to a left middle finger injury.

Officially, it's being described as "discomfort." The Mariners haven't updated his status, but said he would be evaluated on Friday. Before leaving, Paxton was smacked around for four runs -- three earned -- over 4 2/3 innings. It's no shame to lose to Corey Kluber, but Paxton did himself no favors. He was imminently hittable, allowing eight, including a Brandon Moss solo homer. He was also terribly inefficient, and would have been closing in on 100 pitches had he been able to complete the fifth.
May 29 - 12:38 AM

James Paxton went six strong innings in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays, allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks.

Paxton racked up four strikeouts on the afternoon, needing just 90 pitches to get through his six frames. After giving up a sacrifice fly to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning, he was able to keep the Jays offense mostly at bay, save for Chris Colabello's solo blast in the fourth. Now 3-2 on the year, Paxton will head into Thursday's matchup against the Indians with a respectable 3.52 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 41/21 K/BB ratio through 53 2/3 innings on the season.
May 23 - 3:36 PM

James Paxton earned his first win of the season with six scoreless innings as the Mariners defeated the Padres 11-4 on Tuesday.

Paxton was lucky to hold the Padres scoreless despite allowing only three hits, as he walked five. The lefty did strike out five on the evening while lowering his ERA to 4.31. He also carries a 1.34 WHIP and a 35/16 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. Paxton will have to deal with the Padres the next time he toes the rubber.
May 13 - 1:57 AM

James Paxton held the Angels to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision as the Mariners were handed a 5-4 walk-off loss by the Angels on Tuesday.

Paxton was quite strong, unarguably pitching his best game of the season. His only mistake occurred in the first inning when Albert Pujols took him deep for a two-run home run. Overall, the lefty gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four. Paxton mostly sat around 93 MPH with his fastball, but maxed out at 97 MPH. He lowered his ERA to 5.08 and sports a 1.34 WHIP with a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. The Padres await him in a home start next.
May 6 - 1:09 AM

James Paxton surrendered two runs over seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Astros.

Scott Feldman matched him, so Paxton remains winless through five starts. Still, this was the best outing -- and the best velocity -- he's had so far, and it was badly needed with his rotation spot potentially in jeopardy. He still has some potential for mixed-league value, and he probably needs to be picked up in any 12- or 14-team leagues in which he's gotten dropped.
Apr 30 - 11:48 PM

James Paxton yielded four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

Paxton struck out seven. His velocity, while still down some from last year, was slightly better than it's been previously this season. He's not nearly out of the woods yet, but his fortunes seem a little better tonight than they did six days ago, when he got lit up by the hapless Rangers.
Apr 26 - 1:01 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
2Chris Taylor
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Seth Smith
2Dustin Ackley
CF1Austin Jackson
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
7Mike Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Carson Smith
2Fernando Rodney
3Charlie Furbush
4Tom Wilhelmsen
5Joe Beimel
6Mark Lowe
7Vidal Nuno
8David Rollins