May 17, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
James Paxron was supposed to play an integral role in the Mariners 2015 success. He’s instead spent a majority of the season on the disabled list, contributing absolutely nothing to a team that has been every bit as bad as it was supposed to be good. But he’s in Tacoma on rehab right now, and appears to be very close to rejoining the majors. Out of all the potential September call-ups, he’s the one we’re all legitimately excited for.
So Paxton! Hopefully he’ll be able to jump right into the rotation, whether it’s at someone else’s expense or just as the sixth man in a lengthened rotation. I’d be fine with either option, personally – either one person gets extra rest or the whole rotation gets extra rest, and really this month should be all about trying to keep the team healthy heading into the offseason. Hell, sending Felix Hernandez to the DL and putting Paxton in the rotation might even be my prefered course of action. Don’t mess up the King during a lost season.
James Paxton’s return will be major news and a huge step in the right direction. The rest of these guys? This is depth rising to the surface out of absolute necessity. The goal for September is for an unrecognizable bullpen that exists solely to mitigate injury risk. Not the kind of season any of us were hoping for.
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