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Paxton heads list of seven players assigned to Arizona Fall League

HOUSTON —Left-hander James Paxton, who is three-plus months into his recovery from a finger injury, will look to build up his innings by pitching for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

Paxton heads a list of seven Mariners players assigned Tuesday to the Javelinas. Also heading to Peoria is lefty reliever David Rollins, who opened the season by serving an 80-game suspension for a drug violation.

Others ticketed for Fall League duty: lefty reliever Paul Fry, right-handed reliever Tony Zych, infielders D.J. Peterson and Tyler Smith, and outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

Paxton is currently on a rehab assignment of Triple-A Tacoma and is expected to rejoin the big-league rotation next week. He suffered a strained tendon in his middle finger in a May 28 start against Cleveland.

Prior to his injury, Paxton was 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 starts.

The Mariners acquired Rollins from Houston last December in the Rule 5 Draft. He is 0-1 with an 8.57 ERA in 15 games since returning from his suspension.

Zych joined the big-league club Tuesday after pitching this season at Double-A Jackson and Tacoma. Fry, 23, compiled a 2.12 ERA this season in 46 games at Hi-A Bakersfield and Jackson.

Peterson, 23, was a first-round pick in 2013 but struggled this season in batting just .223 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in 97 games at Jackson and Tacoma. He is currently sidelined by an Achilles’ injury.

Smith, 24, was an eighth-round pick in 2013 and is batting .268 in 116 games at Jackson. O’Neill, 20, was a third-round pick in 2013 and is batting .263 in 99 games at Bakersfield with 30 homers and 81 RBIs.