This is disappointing news because Paxton was sensational in his first two starts, compiling a 2-0 record and a 2.25 ERA. The hope is that this will be a short-term problem, and that Paxton can return quickly.
You just never know with pitchers. Everyone talks about the violence of football, and for good reason. However, pitching can be incredibly hard on the body, and plenty of guys get hurt at some point in their career.
Paxton is still only 25 and he has a ton of that always desirable quality of “upside.” The Mariners are going to be cautious with their young arm, as he and Walker represent two of the organizational gems that must be preserved.
Meanwhile, Walker and Iwakuma may be coming back just in time. There is no guarantee that they will be able to shake off the rust and immediately make an impact, but they will be welcome additions to the staff now that Paxton will have to take some time off.
As a side note, you have to love this quote from ESPN:
Paxton joins fellow starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker as spectators for the surprising early leaders of the AL West.
Surprising? Really? Alright, so that is somewhat fair. However, does it really have to be a shock that the Mariners are actually good so far? Give them a little bit of credit. Teams can eventually turn it around.
Hurry back, Mr. Paxton. The fans are excited to see what you can do this season.