James Paxton will be shut down from throwing for two weeks as part of his recovery from a strained tendon in his middle finger. Paxton met with team orthopedist, Dr. Edward Khalfayan, and a hand specialist on Friday evening. The doctors went over the results of his MRI and put a plan in place for his recovery.
“We have to shut it down for two weeks to rest it,” Paxton said. “And after that, we’ll re-evaluate it and see what happens after that. Hopefully, the healing process is far enough long that I can start throwing again.”
Being shut down means no throwing. But Paxton can still do activities as long as the finger is protected.
“I can do my workouts just trying not to use that middle finger,” he said. “I’ll do my exercises, stay in shape.”
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Besides the running and leg workouts, Paxton can also do his shoulder strengthening exercises with surgical tubing, which is important.
“I just have to flip the bird when I grip the tubing,” he said with a laugh.
Paxton is wearing a small black splint around the finger in between the two joints where the injury is located. It looks like a piece of thick but narrow tape going around the finger.
“I don’t feel anything with it on,” he said. “I think it holds (the tendon) down and kind of takes pressure off it.”
It’s similar to pressure straps worn by people around their patellar tendons on their knees to relieve pain.
“I’m trying my best not to test it and move around too much,” he said. “I just really want to give it time to heal and follow what the trainers have set for me.”
It’s the second straight year that Paxton has made a visit to the disabled list. Last season he missed almost three months of the season after straining his lat in a start on April 9 and then being bothered by a shoulder impingement during that recovery. He didn’t return until Aug. 2. This new injury isn’t a serious. But still disappointing.
“It is frustrating, but I’m trying to stay positive,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do about it now. I just have to do my best to let it rest, heal it and get back as soon as possible.”
*** Robinson Cano is back in the lineup today after battling an inner ear infection the past two days.
“I didn’t feel very good,” he said. “I had bad headaches, sinus problems and I was feeling very dizzy. It wasn’t fun. I’m going to try and play today. I feel a little better.”
*** Joe Beimel is back with the team after missing Friday to go to his son’s high school graduation. Drew Beimel graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. With Beimel back off the restricted list, Lucas Luetge is headed back to Class AAA Tacoma.
*** McClendon wouldn’t give any hints to who will start on Tuesday for Paxton, but he did say that it won’t be Tom Wilhelmsen or a bullpen start. While McClendon won’t announce it, the expectation is that lefty Mike Montgomery, who is with Class AAA Tacoma, will make the start.
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