In fact, Dutton refers to any return before August being ‘optimistic’.
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The reason for the delay? Paxton has yet to begin throwing, though the club hopes he can later this week. Having been sidelined for almost a month with no baseball activity, then, Paxton’s return to duty would have to start with an extensive throwing program and rehab outings before he can be considered an option to return to the rotation.
In better news for Seattle, right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma continues to rehabilitate well from his lat strain, and could be added back to the rotation in the coming weeks if all goes according to plan.