Paxton to miss several more days with sore wrist

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimLeft-hander James Paxton has been held out of throwing for the first three days of Mariners camp due to a strained forearm that was injured when he fell doing agility drills about a week ago.

Paxton, expected to be a key component in Seattle’s rotation, will be held out at least a few more days, according to general manager Jack Zduriencik. An MRI and x-rays revealed nothing more than bruising, so the lanky southpaw is just behind held back now as a precaution.

“He actually hurt both arms,” Zduriencik said. “He fell and grabbed himself. His left arm is a little sore and his right arm, we’re not that concerned about. But both of them, he kind of braced himself and jammed it. So no sense pushing it. We’ll let him get treatment, let it quiet down and get him out here as soon as he’s ready.”

Paxton, 26, missed three months as a rookie last season with a strained lat muscle behind his left shoulder, but when healthy was outstanding. He went 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts and is 9-4 with a 2.66 ERA in 17 outings over the past two seasons for the Mariners.

“It’s sad because he had a great winter, he stayed in Seattle and worked out every day and was outstanding,” Zduriencik said. “He’s saying he feels good. But we’re not going to make him come out throw until it’s completely quieted down. It doesn’t make sense this early.”

Paxton said he’d done the same footwork drill a thousand times before and has done it again since, without issue, but just caught his foot on the artificial turf in the workout area at the team’s Peoria complex and landed awkwardly in what he called “an unathletic moment for me” on his first day after arriving in Arizona.

“You get here and ‘C’mon, you’ve got to be kidding me,’” he said. “I busted it getting ready for this and now something like this happens. It’s putting me back a little and it’s frustrating, but I just have to take it one day at a time and get ready to go for when it matters.”

1 Comment

Several more days rest at this time of the year is a good idea – let him take his time.

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