James Paxton returned to the sailors’ rotation last night after two years in the Bronx, but his start was interrupted by another forearm injury as he came out only after 1 1/3 of passes. External player Jake Fraleymeanwhile, he left the game with what the team later declared a hamstring strain after diving in the left field. Both players will undergo an MRI this morning, manager Scott Servais told reporters after the game (via Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times).
The Paxton 2020 season with the Yankees was interrupted by forearm strain, so it’s obviously a worrying development for him to suffer from this type of injury – especially so early in the season. The left told Divish and others that the pain he was experiencing in his arm was not at the same level as it was when he suffered the injury last summer.
The sailors returned Paxton to the organization with a one-year deal for free agents of $ 8.5 million in the winter. The 32-year-old had interest from several teams, as might be expected based on his experience of success, but he seemed to prefer to return to Seattle. During the signing of GM Mariners, Jerry Dipoto noted that Paxton was sharp in training for MLB teams and gave the club something like a “discount in the hometown.”
The reunion looked good in the spring training, where Paxton crossed out half of the 34 bits he encountered and allowed only one run during the Cactus League game. For now, he struck an optimistic tone that the current issue may have a muscular character and something from which he can quickly return.
As for Fraley, the 25-year-old is starting his 2021 season unusually. He is only 1 in 10 in five games, but he has taken eight walks and been hit from the pitch, leading to a bizarre battle .100 / .500 / .200 during his first 19 appearances on the record. Acquired by rays as part of Mike Zunino trading, Fraley has not achieved much in two previous matches with the Mariners in 2019-20, but he has collected only 70 appearances on the record during that time. He is a striker .286 / .362 / .480 in minors – including .276 / .333 / .553, appearing in 38 Triple-A games.
For now, however, it looks like there may be an IL limit on the horizon that will make the baseball world watch closely. The clearest move for M would be to simply recall Braden Bishop from their alternate site, as he is already on the list of 40 people, but Seattle also has the best potential Jarred Kelenic on the threshold of his first promotion in the major leagues.
Kelenick’s time-of-service status was pushed into the spotlight when former CEO Kevin Mater openly pointed out in questions and answers with the Rotary Club Bellevue that the 21-year-old Kelenic had turned down an extension and would not be summoned to the majors by mid-April (the common point at which the sailors would receive an additional year of control of Kelenik). Kelenic missed some time in the spring training session with a minor knee injury, but he returned to the squad and immediately went 3-for-6 with a double and a homer in two games before being reassigned to the minor league camp, so the injury looks behind him.
It still seems more likely that the sailors will turn to Bishop for now, as Kelenich’s summons will still give him enough time to serve a full year in the Major League in 2021. This will no longer be the case. next weekend, however.
Returning to the pitching staff, the sailors have already used a rotation of six people, so they will probably just shorten to five starters for the time being and bring extra relief. The Bull had to cover 7 2/3 passes last night and was beaten by the White Sox during the trial, so Seattle would probably prefer to get a new hand in the relief mix anyway.
At least it is worth noting that, as in the situation with Fraley / Kelenic, the Mariners have a highly valued submission prospect that is close to MLB readiness: 2018 first match Logan Gilbert. Although this comment did not attract as much attention as Kelenik’s revelation, Mater said in the same interview that he expected Gilbert to join the majors by mid-April (apparently a hint of his time in office). However, Gilbert threw only two innings in the spring training before being reassigned to the secondary league camp, so he may still not be built to the point where he can, even if Paxton is postponed for a period of time. . If the sailors want to stick to a rotation of six people and Paxton misses some time, they could give a few starts. Ljay Newsome and / or Nick Margevicius. Soon, however, Gilbert seems likely to appear as an option at the major league level.