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James Paxton cleared to return to Mariners’ rotation on Sunday

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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.