Mariners’ Paxton may not return before August

The M's will be without James Paxton for a bit longer, as he still needs to resume throwing. 

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Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton hit the disabled list in late May with a strained tendon in his middle finger. 

In an update provided by Bob Dutton of the News Tribune on Tuesday night, it was revealed that Paxton won’t be making a return to the Mariners for the foreseeable future. 

In fact, Dutton refers to any return before August being ‘optimistic’. 

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.

(h/t The News Tribune)