There was a lot of excitement and buzz around the Mariners on Tuesday as James Paxton made his return to Seattle after two years in New York. Unfortunately, Paxton’s outing didn’t last long.
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After two stellar spring training starts, Paxton took the hill against the Chicago White Sox in Seattle’s fifth game of the 2021 season. After striking out two in the first inning, Paxton left the game in the second inning with what was initially described as left elbow discomfort. After the game, Paxton said it was his forearm that was bugging him.
The Mariners placed Paxton on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday, and Nick Margevicius will take his spot in the six-man rotation for the time being.
On Thursday, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto provided an update on Paxton during his weekly visit on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant for The Jerry Dipoto Show. Simply put, things don’t sound too great in terms of Paxton’s availability going forward.
“We’re going to find out a little bit more I would say in the next 48 hours,” Dipoto said. “Obviously, not a good sign … Our expectation is this is not going to be a short stint on the IL. We’re just fingers crossed that it’s not anything long-term.”
Dipoto described himself as “crushed” when he saw Paxton was leaving the game, and part of that is because Paxton, who has a lengthy injury history, had a tremendous spring and worked very hard to get in great shape for the 2021 season.
“I said this to James (in spring training) … but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him better than I saw him in the outings down in (Arizona),” Dipoto said. “It was such a different spring training …read more
Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports