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James Paxton cleared to return to Mariners’ rotation on Sunday


Mariners starter James Paxton threw a bullpen session on Thursday, and on Friday, he reported no issues after having his rehab set back due to a blister on his throwing hand. As a result, he’s been cleared to start on Sunday against the Rockies, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Paxton hasn’t started since May 28 due to a strained tendon in his left middle finger. The blister wasn’t a huge impediment, as the Mariners had previously been expecting him to return in early September as opposed to mid-September.

The 26-year-old left-hander has, in 10 starts, a 3.70 ERA with a 45/22 K/BB ratio across 58 1/3 innings.

James Paxton out “at least three or four days” with torn fingernail

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Mariners starter James Paxton left a rehab outing with Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday due to a finger injury. He went on the disabled list in late May with a strained tendon in the middle finger of his left hand, and the initial fear was that he reaggravated that injury. Not so — just a torn fingernail, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

Manager Lloyd McClendon, via Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, said that Paxton “will be down for at least three or four days” while the fingernail heals. Ultimately, though, it’s good news for the Mariners. Paxton still has enough time remaining in the season to make a handful of starts once his rehab is finished.

Paxton ranked as one of the organization’s top prospects over the last few years. In 10 starts this season, the 26-year-old posted a 3.70 ERA with a 45/22 K/BB ratio across 58 1/3 innings.

Mariners’ “best-case scenario” for James Paxton’s return is August

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Mariners left-hander James Paxton has been on the disabled list since late May with a strained middle finger and it sounds like he’s not close to returning.

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Paxton has yet to begin a throwing program–which means he’d likely need lots of time to build back his arm strength and pitch count–and “even a best-case scenario suggests a return before August is optimistic.”

Paxton has had trouble staying off the disabled list since debuting for the Mariners in 2013, but the 26-year-old former top prospect has pitched well when healthy with a 3.05 ERA in 27 career starts.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. vehemently denies trade rumor involving Ben Revere

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It’s been known for a while that the Phillies are shopping outfielder Ben Revere, but there was an interesting note from Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune today that talks with the Mariners quickly stalled because Philadelphia was asking for James Paxton or Taijuan Walker in return. That’s insane, of course, but it led to the predictable mocking of Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. on Twitter and in other places.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal asked Amaro about the rumor this afternoon and he got a pretty strong response:

“Typically we would not comment on rumors. But when they reach this level of ridiculousness, I can say unequivocally that what has been written is false.”

We’ve heard similar reports regarding teams who are talking to the Phillies about Cole Hamels, which paints the picture of Amaro as asking for too much in return. Sure, we’ve had laughs at Amaro’s expense in recent years, but it’s important to stop and think about what could be motivating teams to leak this sort of information to the media. Our own Bill Baer wrote about this very topic at Crashburn Alley and you should check it out.

Mariners place James Paxton on the disabled list, recall Dominic Leone

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MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports that the Mariners have placed starter James Paxton on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Dominic Leone from Triple-A Tacoma. Paxton suffered a strained tendon in his left middle finger, forcing him out in the fifth inning of Thursday’s start against the Indians.

Paxton, 26, has pitched well across 10 starts, posting a 3.70 ERA with a 45/22 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings.

Leone, on the other hand, has struggled in 8 1/3 major league innings (5.40 ERA) and 8 1/3 at Triple-A (8.64 ERA).