Tommy John recommended surgery for James Paxton

Tommy John surgery is recommended for the left-handed Mariners James Paxton Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. If Paxton goes through the proceedings, he will miss the rest of this season and at least part of the 2022 campaign.

Paxton began his career with the Mariners, who used a fourth-round pick on him in 2010, but after spending 2013-18 in their uniform, they traded him in against the Yankees. But Paxton, 32, returned to Seattle in a free agency last off season on a $ 8.5 million one-year deal. Unfortunately, the Big Maple left its first (and possibly only) start of 2021 on Tuesday due to forearm issues. The Mariners then placed Paxton on the list with 10 days injured.

While Paxton usually pitched well in the majors, as evidenced by his 3.59 ERA / 3.62 SIERA over 137 appearances (all starts) and 754 2/3 innings, several injuries have dogged him since entering the regular season in 2013. He has never thrown again. more than 160 1/3 innings in an individual season, and last year had only 20 1/3 frames in total, dealing with back pain and a flexor load. The Yankees then chose not to bring Paxton back, although he drew significant interest from teams in the open market before returning to the Mariners. However, it looks like the reunification will be fruitful for both parties.

The Mariners have entered the season with Paxton as a key part of their six-man rotation, but it looks like they’ll have to make other plans for the rest of the year. At least for now Nick Margevicius will take Paxton’s place on the starting staff of the M, in addition Marco Gonzales Yusei Kikuchi, Justus Sheffield Chris Flexen and Justin Dunn