In the 6th inning of last night’s win, Paxton came out of the game after experiencing what he called a little soreness.
After the game, Paxton stated that he didn’t feel that is was serious, but that skipper Lloyd McClendon‘s reaction stale him a bit.
As a precaution, McClendon pulled Paxton in the 6th with a runner on and one pitch into Mike Trout‘s at bat.
MRI results Wednesday revealed he does in fact have a lateral strain, far better news than having a tear, which could have ended his season.
In six career starts with the Mariners, Paxton is 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA including 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA so far this season.
With Paxton on the DL, the club recalled Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma.
That leaves the Mariners short a starter, begging the question, “Are they going with a 4-man rotation, or do they expect Taijuan Walker will be ready in five days?
Paxton wasn’t due to make his next start until Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. The short answer, for now is that Chris Young will start Sunday in Paxton’s normal spot. However, the Mariners will need to make a move of some kind for the upcoming road trip to Texas and Miami.
Blake Beavan is the likely candidate, who is currently in Tacoma. However, don’t rule out the possibility of Walker joining the club is his next rehab starts goes off without a hitch.