Mariners' James Paxton to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery on Elbow Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2021

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, right, reacts near the mound after experiencing an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Seattle. Paxton left the game and the White Sox won 10-4. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Tuesday that starting pitcher James Paxton would miss the remainder of the 2021 season and undergo elbow surgery.

"Left arm ... left elbow surgery," he told reporters. 

Paxton, 32, was pulled just 1.1 innings into his first start with the Mariners last week after two years with the New York Yankees, with the injury originally described as a forearm strain. 

It's been a tough two-year stretch for Paxton, with injuries limiting him to just 20.1 innings last year (1-1 with a 6.64 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 26 strikeouts across five starts).

"I feel like for me, it's kind of been one thing after another," he told reporters on April 6. "And I work really hard and do everything that I can to be out there, and I'll continue to do so. And hopefully I can catch a break and stay healthy for a good chunk of time in the future."

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James Paxton just addressed the media. Says the pain in his arm was different that the flexor strain he dealt with last year. The process of coming back from that was going well, but the stress of a live game was apparently more than it could handle.

He spent his first six seasons (2013-18) with Seattle before heading to New York in a blockbuster trade ahead of the 2019 campaign. He was traded back to the Mariners this offseason. 

With Paxton out, Nick Margevicius will step into his place in the starting rotation, with intriguing prospect Logan Gilbert likely to get a shot as one of the team's five starters at some point this season.

The Mariners have opened the 2021 campaign 5-4 as they look to end a playoff drought dating back to 2001.