James Paxton

James Paxton to undergo Tommy John Surgery

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Officially announced by Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

It was a big blow for the Mariners when James Paxton exited his first start of the year. It was the first start of his second stint with the Mariners.

Paxton was originally drafted to be part of a big three with Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen. Only two of which had actually played for the Seattle Mariners. Walker and Paxton had both had two stints with the team now. Paxton has probably been the most unfortunate pitcher in baseball. Well, at least when it comes to injuries.

If he undergoes the procedure, he will miss the rest of the season and at least some portion of 2022.

“Paxton began his career with the Mariners, who used a fourth-round pick on him in 2010, though after spending 2013-18 in their uniform, they traded him to the Yankees. But Paxton, 32, returned to Seattle in free agency this past offseason on a one-year, $8.5MM deal. Unfortunately, the Big Maple exited his first (and potentially lone) start of 2021 on Tuesday because of forearm troubles. The Mariners then placed Paxton on the 10-day injured list.”

More can be found here.

The Mariners entered the season with Paxton as a key part of their rotation. James was supposed to be able help Marco Gonzales mentor the younger guys. Prior to this year, he was with the Yankees. The Mariners had traded him for Justus Sheffield, who put together a good campaign in his first full year.

In his career Paxton has thrown a total of 754.2 innings with 831 strikeouts and 3.59 ERA. When he returns in 2022, it will have been three years since he pitched more than 20 innings. Another, former Mariner Felix Hernandez might be done for the season as well.

More to come.

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