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Mariners notebook: Paxton scratched from scheduled Tuesday start

Mariners lefty James Paxton, who was hit in the elbow by a line drive on Aug. 7, was scratched from a scheduled start Tuesday because of lingering soreness in his forearm.
Mariners lefty James Paxton, who was hit in the elbow by a line drive on Aug. 7, was scratched from a scheduled start Tuesday because of lingering soreness in his forearm. AP

James Paxton’s status is back on hold in terms of rejoining the Mariners’ rotation.

Paxton was scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start after reporting some forearm soreness prior to Monday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. A trip to the disabled list now looms as a possibility.

"There are still concerns," manager Scott Servais said. "He feels a little tightness in his forearm. He got smoked the other day. We’re going to do the right thing and give him a little more time."

Left-hander Ariel Miranda will replace Paxton as the starter for Tuesday’s game. The Mariners list Wednesday’s game as "to be announced," but it appears to be a choice between right-handers Joe Wieland or Cody Martin.

Wieland started last Friday at Oakland and would be on his regular rest for Wednesday’s game. He gave up six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings in a 6-3 loss after being promoted earlier in the day.

Martin is currently at Triple-A Tacoma but hasn’t pitched since Aug. 10 and compiled a 2.70 ERA earlier this season in five big-league relief appearances. He is scheduled to start Tuesday for Tacoma at Nashville.

Paxton was struck in the elbow by a line drive on Aug. 7 in the ninth inning of a 3-1 victory over the Angels at Safeco Field. He appeared to be responding well to treatment and reported no day-after problems Sunday following a Saturday bullpen workout.

"He wants to go," Servais said. "He wants to take the ball, but we’ve got to do the right thing here…Give him a few more days and see where he’s at."

Servais admitted that Paxton "could" be placed on the disabled list. Clubs are permitted to backdate injuries a maximum of 10 days, which means Paxton, if placed on the DL, would miss at least five more days.

Paxton is 4-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 starts since his May 30 recall from Tacoma but had allowed only five earned runs over 28 1/3 innings in his last four starts.

"It’s challenging," Servais said, "trying to plug guys in there to keep you in games. Fortunately for us, our bullpen has been very good lately.

"If we can get to those guys in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings, we’re in pretty good shape. Miranda threw the ball well for us. I feel good about putting him in there."

Miranda has allowed three runs and 10 hits in seven innings over two appearances, including one start, since the Mariners acquired him from Baltimore in a July 31 trade lefty starter Wade Miley.

SARDINAS TO SAN DIEGO

Infielder Luis Sardinas is moving on to San Diego — or, actually, Triple-A El Paso.

The Mariners traded Sardinas, 23, to the Padres on Monday for a player to be named later or cash. He was designated for assignment on Aug. 10 to clear space on the 40-man roster for pitcher Jarrett Grube.

San Diego optioned Sardinas to El Paso after the trade, but it might be a temporary move. The Padres are believed to be considering a move to release shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

Sardinas opened the season on the Mariners’ roster as a utilityman but spent much of the year at Triple-A Tacoma, where he batted .252 with four doubles and 17 RBIs in 44 games. He batted .181 in 32 big-league games.

Shawn O’Malley’s emergence as an effective utility player capable of serving as a backup shortstop left no room for Sardinas on the major-league roster.

Sardinas became expendable from the 40-man roster after the Mariners acquired infielder Mike Freeman in an Aug. 1 waiver claim from Arizona.

The Mariners acquired Sardinas in a Nov. 20, 2015 trade from Milwaukee for outfielder Ramon Flores, who is batting .204 for the Brewers with two homers and 18 RBIs in 101 games.

ZYCH, SCRIBNER TO JACKSON

Rehabbing relievers Tony Zych and Evan Scribner each continued their rehab assignments Monday at Double-A Jackson by pitching against Biloxi (Brewers).

Zych, 26, and Scribner, 31, were previously assigned to Peoria in the Arizona Rookie League. They are the first pitchers sent to Jackson on rehab assignments since Steve Kelley pitched three games for the Generals in 2011.

Jackson started Zych, who pitched one scoreless inning with two strikeouts and one walk. He threw 10 of 16 pitchers for strikes with reports saying his fastball reached 96 mph.

Scribner replaced Zych to start the second and also worked a scoreless inning. He walked one and struck out one while throwing half of his 14 pitches for strikes.

Zych opened the season on the big-league roster and had a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings over 10 appearances before he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his rotator cuff after a May 1 outing against the Kansas City.

He began his rehab assignment Aug. 12 by pitching one inning, and allowing one unearned run for Peoria.

Scribner suffered a torn back muscle (the right latissimus dorsi) in spring training. He began his rehab assignment Aug. 1 at Hi-A Bakersfield before shifting to Peoria for appearances on Aug. 8 and Aug. 12.

The Mariners acquired Scribner in a Dec. 8, 2015 trade from Oakland for minor-league pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill. Scribner was 5-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 125 big-leagues games over the five previous seasons.

***Former closer Steve Cishek began his rehab assignment Monday by allowing one run and two hits in one inning for Short-A Everett against Salem-Keizer (Giants). He struck out three while throwing 14 of 17 pitches for strikes.

Cishek is recovering torn labrum in his left hip, which was diagnosed after an Aug. 1 loss to Boston. He is expected to be ready to return this weekend to active duty.

MINOR AWARDS

Everett RHP Ljay Newsome was picked as Northwest League pitcher of the week for Aug. 8-14. It is his second award in seven weeks. He was also selected for the week of June 20-26.

Newsome, 19, limited Salem_Keizer to one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings on his only start of the week. He is 5-2 overall with a 3.89 ERA in 10 games, including eight starts, for the AquaSox.

The Mariners selected Newsome in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

MINOR DETAILS

Jackson outfielder Tyler O’Neill entered the week as Southern League leader in all three triple-crown categories: 22 homers, 90 RBIs and a .301 batting average.

The Southern League hasn’t had a triple-crown winner since outfielder Mike Reinbach of the Asheville Orioles in 1972.

The Generals, counting Monday, had 22 games remaining in their season.

LOOKING BACK

It was 23 years ago Tuesday — Aug. 16, 1993 — that Randy Johnson earned his first (of two) career saves by striking out four over 1 1/3 innings in an 8-6 victory over Baltimore at the Kingdome.

Johnson pitched eight innings two days earlier (Aug. 14) in a 7-2 victory over the Angels at the Kingdome, and came back four days later (Aug. 20) and pitched a complete game in a 4-1 victory at Toronto.

SHORT HOPS

Lefty reliever Charlie Furbush is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn rotator cuff, which failed to respond to a rest-and-rehab program over the previous 13 months. He isn’t expected back until spring training in 2018…Seth Smith continues to nurse a bruised right foot but returned to the lineup as the designated hitter. Smith suffered the injury Saturday when he fouled a ball off the top of his foot…when Adam Lind homered Sunday in his first at-bat against Oakland starter Zach Neal, he became the first player to hit homers in his first three at-bats against the same pitcher since Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman hit three (in the same game) against Baltimore’s Chris Tillman on May 29, 2013. Lind’s two previous homers against Neal came on May 25, 2016 at Safeco Field…the Mariners entered Monday’s game at 62-54, which marked the first time since 2007 that they were eight games (or more) above .500 after 116 games.

ON TAP

The Mariners and Angels continue their four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

Left-hander Ariel Miranda (1-0, 6.00) will replace James Paxton as the Mariners’ starter against Los Angeles right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (2-6, 6.00).

The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners

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