Mariners LHP James Paxton hurt arms during agility drills; tests negative
Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton minorly injured both his arms in a fall during drills about a week ago, reports Greg Johns of MLB.com. Tests were negative, and the team expects to hold him out a few more days.
Paxton hasn't thrown during the first three days of Mariners spring training after straining his left forearm in what he called an "unathletic moment" during a common agility drill. An MRI exam and X-rays revealed only bruising, so the Mariners are holding him out as a precaution.
"He actually hurt both arms," general manager Jack Zduriencik said, reports MLB.com. "He fell and grabbed himself. His left arm is a little sore and his right arm, we're not that concerned about. But both of them, he kind of braced himself and jammed it. So no sense pushing it. We'll let him get treatment, let it quiet down and get him out here as soon as he's ready."
Paxton, 26, went 6-4 in 13 starts last season with a 3.04 ERA, 59 strikeouts and 29 walks. He missed three months with a strained muscle behind his left shoulder, but otherwise built on his brief 2013 campaign that saw him go 3-0 in four starts.
Paxton told MLB.com that his foot got caught in the artificial turf at the Mariners' practice facility in Peoria, Ariz., forcing him to land awkwardly.
"You get here and 'C'mon, you've got to be kidding me,'" he said. "I busted it getting ready for this and now something like this happens. It's putting me back a little and it's frustrating, but I just have to take it one day at a time and get ready to go for when it matters."
Paxton said he hopes to resume throwing again in two to three days, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
- Mike Fiammetta