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James Paxton placed on 10-day IL with forearm injury

The Seattle Mariners will be without their veteran starting pitcher for at least a couple of starts.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (44) reacts following an injury during the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at T-Mobile Park. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners announced on Wednesday that they are placing both starting pitcher James Paxton (left forearm strain) and outfielder Jake Fraley (left hamstring strain) on the 10-day IL, per Daniel Kramer of MLB.com. Kramer also adds that the MRI results have not come back yet for either Paxton or Fraley.

Paxton had his regular-season debut cut short on Tuesday night, exiting the game in the second inning with the arm injury. The veteran southpaw finished the night with a stat line of 1.1 innings pitched, one earned run, and two strikeouts. The 32-year-old made his return back to the Pacific-Northwest after spending the previous two seasons with the New York Yankees. In 2020, Paxton’s season was also cut short due to a foreman strain as he only made five starts.

Paxton is not the same pitcher that he once was, but was a solid add to whether young rotation. With Paxton on the shelf, the Mariners could turn to either Ljay Newsome, who they called up from their alternate training site or Nick Margevicius, who replaced Paxton on the mound. As for Fraley, he was only hitting .100 with one RBI in 10 plate appearances. The 26-year-old outfielder has yet to find his footing in the majors, slashing .145/.270/.224 in three seasons.