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Mariners hopeful that injured ex-Cat Paxton won’t miss a start

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton holds his left arm after being hit by a line drive against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Seattle. Paxton left the game.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton holds his left arm after being hit by a line drive against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Seattle. Paxton left the game. AP

The day-after report on Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton was positive.

The former University of Kentucky showed reduced swelling in his elbow after being struck by a line drive Sunday in the ninth inning against the Angels. He permitted only one unearned run before exiting after 8 1/3 innings before Tom Wilhelmsen closed out a 3-1 victory.

X-rays after Sunday’s game confirmed Paxton suffered nothing more than a deep bruise. His recovery appears to hinge on the time required for the swelling to dissipate.

Plans call for Paxton to undergo follow-up examinations Monday and Tuesday by club physicians but, at this point, the Mariners are guardedly optimistic that he won’t require more than an extra day or two before making his next start.

“We have an off day (Thursday),” Manager Scott Servais said. “That gives him an extra day of rest (prior to a scheduled Saturday start at Oakland). With the off day, you can also slide him back a couple of more (days).

“We’ll see. We’ve got some wiggle room there. I don’t know for sure what day he’s going to start.”

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