The diagnosis stunned Paxton and the Mariners.
Paxton said he woke up feeling pretty good on Friday and was a bit surprised by the diagnosis. "We're going to see how it responds here and get back as soon as possible".
Paxton couldn't hide his disappointment or frustration.
"It hurts. He's been our guy". And he can't figure out how or why he strained the pectoral.
Paxton said he was told a pectoral strain is an uncommon injury for pitchers, but that would only seem to add to his unique injury history. The year has been quite a struggle, with injuries to multiple key contributors and a string of seemingly unbreakable bad luck, but the Mariners have continued to find ways to win games and keep themselves in the playoff hunt. Unfortunately we went through a similar thing in May.
He wasn't certain on the recovery plan for that kind of injury or if the estimated time out of three weeks means he would be back pitching games after that. He was the AL pitcher of the month in July and had won seven straight starts heading into Thursday's outing. Paxton is 12-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 20 starts. In 1192/3 innings, he's struck out 138 batters.
Former Oregon State University star pitcher Andrew Moore has been called up to join the Seattle Mariners' starting rotation. It's a tough blow for the Mariners and for fantasy owners alike as Paxton has been outstanding this season, compiling a 12-3 record, 2.78 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 138/33 K/BB ratio across 119 2/3 innings. The Mariners' relief corps has been used heavily in the past week. But the Mariners have other candidates in Tacoma and are obviously looking outside the organization with an even greater motivation than before. Nolasco is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts against the Mariners this season, stands 2-4 with a 3.88 ERA in eight career turns and has served up three homers to both Cruz (8-for-22) and Robinson Cano (7-for-21).