James Paxton was sent to the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained tendon on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The Mariners called up Dominic Leone from AAA to take Paxton's place on the roster.
#Mariners recall RHP Dominic Leone from AAA Tacoma; LHP James Paxton placed on 15-day DL.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) May 29, 2015
Paxton exited Thursday's loss early because of what he described as discomfort. According to Bub Dutton with The News Tribune, manager Lloyd McClendon has no idea how long Paxton's spell on the DL will be.
The Mariners have a few days to decide on what to do with the rotation because Paxton wasn't scheduled to pitch again until Tuesday. Hopefully, the bright-eyed volunteer into the rotation will be able to provide a bit of stability for the Mariners' starting rotation. Paxton, after a rough start to open the year, had settled down nicely in May, pitching a total of 31.2 innings with an ERA of 1.99 and a WHIP of 1.20. He also carried a 20-inning scoreless streak into last night's start against the Indians.
As Brendan wrote earlier, the Mariners' starting pitching is already operating on a bit of thin ice, without too many stand out candidates in the minors to call up. Hisashi Iwakuma remains on the DL with a strained back, although he reportedly is making progress towards throwing off the mound.