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.