Mariners still evaluating pitcher James Paxton

Staff writerMay 26, 2014 

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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the April 2, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif.


The status of left-hander James Paxton’s return to the big-league rotation remains on hold as the Mariners continue to assess his bounce-back recovery after pitching three innings Saturday in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma.

Paxton reported some “typical” triceps tightness following that 62-pitch outing, which marked his first game action since his removal from an April 8 start against the Angels because of a strained back muscle.

“I’m not sure what the next step is,” manager Lloyd McClendon said, “but if there’s any soreness at all, I know we’ll be very cautious.”

If judged healthy, Paxton is positioned to replace Brandon Maurer for Thursday’s series finale against the Angels. Maurer is 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in six starts.


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