Mariners Place James Paxton, Jake Fraley On Injured Listing
12:35pm: The Mariners introduced that Paxton and Fraley have each been positioned on the 10-day injured record. Paxton has been identified with a left forearm pressure, whereas the MRI confirmed a hamstring pressure for Fraley. The Mariners recalled outfielder Braden Bishop and righty Ljay Newsome from their alternate coaching web site to take their spots on the roster.
8:22am: James Paxton returned to the Mariners’ rotation final night time after two years within the Bronx, however his begin was minimize quick by one other forearm harm, as he exited after simply 1 1/Three innings. Outfielder Jake Fraley, in the meantime, left the sport with what the crew later introduced as a hamstring pressure after making a diving catch in left area. Each gamers will bear an MRI this morning, supervisor Scott Servais informed reporters after the sport (through Ryan Divish of the Seattle Instances).
Paxton’s 2020 season with the Yankees was minimize quick by a forearm pressure, so it’s clearly a regarding growth for him to endure one of these harm — notably so early within the season. The lefty did inform Divish and others that the ache he’s feeling in his arm isn’t on the identical stage because it was when he sustained that harm final summer season.
The Mariners introduced Paxton again to the group on a one-year, $8.5MM free agent deal over the winter. The 32-year-old had curiosity from a number of groups, as one would count on primarily based on his observe file of success, however he seemingly most well-liked to return to Seattle. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto famous on the time of the signing that Paxton had been sharp in exercises for MLB groups and gave the membership one thing of a “hometown low cost.”
The reunion going effectively in Spring Coaching, the place Paxton struck out half of the 34 batters he confronted and allowed only one run throughout Cactus League play. In the meanwhile, he struck an optimistic tone that the present challenge might be muscular in nature and one thing from which he can shortly return.
As for Fraley, the 25-year-old is out to an uncommon begin to his 2021 season. He’s simply 1-for-10 by way of 5 video games, however he’s drawn eight walks and been hit by a pitch, resulting in a weird .100/.500/.200 batting line by way of his first 19 plate appearances. Acquired from the Rays as a part of the Mike Zunino commerce, Fraley hasn’t hit a lot in two prior stints with the Mariners in 2019-20, however he solely tallied 70 plate appearances throughout that point. He’s a profession .286/.362/.480 hitter within the minors — together with a .276/.333/.553 exhibiting in 38 Triple-A video games.
For the second, nonetheless, evidently an IL stint might be on the horizon, which can have the baseball world watching intently. Essentially the most easy transfer for the M’s would merely be to recall Braden Bishop from their alternate web site, as he’s on the 40-man roster already, however Seattle additionally has high prospect Jarred Kelenic on the cusp of his first huge league promotion as effectively.
Kelenic’s service time standing was thrust into the nationwide highlight when now-former CEO Kevin Mather blatantly indicated in a Q&A with the Bellevue Rotary Membership that the 21-year-old Kelenic had turned down an extension provide and wouldn’t be referred to as to the Majors till mid-April (the final level at which the Mariners would acquire an additional yr of management over Kelenic). Kelenic missed a while in Spring Coaching with a minor knee harm, however he returned to the lineup and instantly went 3-for-6 with a double and a homer in two video games earlier than being reassigned to minor league camp, so the harm appears to be behind him.
It nonetheless appears likelier that the Mariners will flip to Bishop in the meanwhile, as calling up Kelenic now would nonetheless give him sufficient time to accrue a full yr of Main League service in 2021. That may now not be the case as quickly as subsequent weekend, nonetheless.
Turning again to the pitching workers, the Mariners have been already utilizing a six-man rotation, so it’s possible they’ll merely shorten as much as 5 starters in the meanwhile and carry an additional reliever. The bullpen needed to cowl 7 2/Three innings final night time and took a beating by the hands of the White Sox within the course of, so Seattle would most likely want to get a recent arm into the aid combine anyhow.
It’s no less than price noting that as with the Fraley/Kelenic state of affairs, the Mariners have a extremely regarded pitching prospect who’s close to MLB readiness: 2018 first-rounder Logan Gilbert. Whereas this remark didn’t draw as a lot consideration because the Kelenic revelation, Mather indicated in that very same interview that he anticipated Gilbert to be pitching within the Majors by mid-April (clearly, an allusion to his service time). Gilbert, nonetheless, solely tossed a pair of innings in Spring Coaching earlier than being reassigned to minor league camp, so he could not but be constructed as much as the purpose the place he’s an possibility even within the occasion that Paxton is shelved for a notable time frame. If the Mariners need to keep on with a six-man rotation and Paxton does miss a while, they may give a couple of begins to Ljay Newsome and/or Nick Margevicius. Earlier than too lengthy, nonetheless, Gilbert appears prone to emerge as an possibility on the huge league stage.