The Seattle Mariners have officially activated left-handed starting pitcher James Paxton from the team’s 10-day disabled list, the club has formally announced. Paxton, who was placed on the Mariners’ 10-day disabled list back on August 10 due to a strained pectoral muscle, will start against the rival Houston Astros on Friday evening.
“I’m excited. I’ve worked hard to get back,” said Paxton. “I’m feeling good physically and mentally. I put the work in, and I’m going to go out there and finish out the season and hopefully help get us where we want to be.”
Prior to hitting the club’s 10-day disabled list, the 28-year-old Paxton had gone 12-3 with a 2.78 ERA, allowing just 96 hits while striking out 138 opposing batters over 119.2 innings of work. However, he will likely be limited to 50 or 60 pitches in his first start since returning from the injury.
“I’m just going to pitch like any other game, and when they take the ball out of my hands, they take the ball out of my hands,” he said. “If I start thinking about, ‘I’ve only got this many pitches,’ or start worrying about my pitch count and all that stuff, I’ll be distracted and not be able to do what I need to do on the mound. So I’ll just focus on making my pitches and getting guys out, and whenever they tell me I’m done, I’m done.”
The Mariners came into play on Friday with a record of 74-73 and sat 3.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card spot in the American League. Seattle will play a three-game series with Houston.