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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) lasted just 2/3 of an inning in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.
The right-hander was on a strict pitch limit of 35 and was yanked as soon as he reached that point. He surrendered one run on two hits and a walk before departing. The Mariners will continue to take things very cautiously with his recovery and don't expect Paxton to make another big league start this season. Aug 23 - 8:54 PM

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James Paxton (finger) is on track to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.

He'll officially be cleared if he gets through a light bullpen session on Friday with no issues. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said just over a week ago that he didn't expect Paxton to make another start this season, but it appears he jumped the gun. The southpaw should make it back sometime next month if he doesn't have a setback. Paxton has been sidelined since late May due to a strained tendon in his left middle finger.
Aug 19 - 12:44 PM

James Paxton (finger) threw 30 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday.

Paxton threw two innings with 15 pitches in each. He said he's ready to go out on a rehab assignment, but the Mariners want to see him throw a bullpen session Thursday.
Aug 18 - 4:01 PM

James Paxton (finger) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

He came throw a 45-pitch bullpen session without any issues on Friday, and this is the next logical step in his progression. If all goes well on Tuesday, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment.
Aug 15 - 11:49 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said he doesn't expect James Paxton (finger) to make another start this season.

Paxton threw off a mound Sunday for the first time since straining a tendon in his left middle finger back in late May. That workout went well, but the 26-year-old southpaw still has many hurdles to cross and the out-of-contention Mariners are not going to rush him through the rehab process. Paxton has thrown just 58 1/3 innings this season. He owns a shiny 3.05 career ERA.
Aug 10 - 10:06 AM

James Paxton (finger) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.

It's his first time throwing off the bump since he went down with a strained tendon in his left middle finger back in late May. Obviously, Paxton will need plenty of time to be built back up and will require a rehab assignment, so he's still a ways away. This was a nice step, though.
Aug 9 - 1:52 PM

James Paxton (finger) has been able to take the tape off of his strained finger and should be able to begin throwing off a mound soon.

While no bullpen session has been scheduled yet, he could throw one as early as this week. Paxton has been sidelined since late May due to the injury. Barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to rejoin the team's rotation before the end of August.
Aug 7 - 6:39 PM

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

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

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