James Paxton will throw a bullpen session on Thursday and make a rehab outing this weekend before joining the Mariners' rotation. Ariel Miranda is working on his breaking ball with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Here is your daily update on James Paxton and his forearm tightness.
“It’s getting much better and it feels pretty good,” Paxton said. “I will play light catch today and get that bullpen in tomorrow (Thursday). Hopefully that feels good and without any tightness in my forearm.”
That would set him up to throw a short rehab outing for Class AAA Tacoma on either Saturday or Sunday.
“I need a few innings to make sure I’m game ready when my DL stint is up,” he said.
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From there, he would join the rotation on his normal rest. That projects Paxton to pitch either Wednesday vs. the Yankees in the homestand finale or Thursday in Chicago against the White Sox.
Paxton pointed to the inside of his left forearm as to where the tightness lingered in his bullpen on Saturday in Oakland. It’s slowly dissipating.
“It’s been going down consistently every day,” he said.
He’s also become more understanding of the decision to shut him down with each day.
“Competitively, I wanted to be out there,” he said. “I wanted to pitch, but we have to be smart with this. The rest of the season is more important than one or two games. We need to make sure there this is completely taken care and not a lingering issue so when I get back out there I can just get back to pitch normal. If I’m out there compensating for something, I could make something else worse in my arm. That’s not good.”
Ariel Miranda will remain in the starting rotation and pitch on Sunday vs. the Brewers.
“I thought he threw the ball well last night,” Servais said.
One of the things holding Miranda back from being a viable starter is the lack of a decent breaking ball. At best, his current curveball is a show-me pitch to try and steal an early strike. He’s thrown it just eight times in all of his outings. Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre is trying to refine the breaking ball by having Miranda throw more of a slider grip.
“He threw a few of them last night,” Servais said. “A few of them backed up. A few of them worked a little. But his willingness to try is great. He’s still a fastball-changeup guy for now.”
But that third pitch needs to come around eventually.
“I think it’s in there,” Servais said. “He certainly has plenty of fastball and the changeup plays off it well. I think we can get something serviceable out of that.”
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On this day in Mariners’ history
- 1979 – Joe Simpson is the first Mariner to collect five hits in a game with a 5×6 effort at Cleveland. Despite his efforts Cleveland wins 9-2.
- 1997 – Jay Buhner becomes the first Mariners three consecutive 30+ home run seasons. His 30th blast of season also gives the club a team-high of 13 straight games with a home run.
- 2009 – Seattle signs #1 draft pick (#2 overall pick), OF Dustin Ackley from UNC-Chapel Hill to a 5-year contract.
- 2012 – The Mariners beat the Twins 5-3 behind home runs from John Jaso and Miguel Olivo. Starter Hisashi Iwakuma retired the first 12 batters of the game, extending the Mariners club record of 42 consecutive batters retired dating back to Aug. 14 vs. the Rays.
Ariel Miranda will remain in the rotation for the time being.