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James Paxton could re-join Yankees rotation by Wednesday after positive workout

Jesse Reed
MLB free agents: James Paxton
Aug 5, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Ludeman-USA TODAY Sports

After experiencing a scare following a Friday start during an extended spring training game, New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton is on the mend.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Paxton had a good workout, that he will fly to New York Sunday night to join his teammates and could potentially re-join New York’s rotation by Wednesday.

Paxton was placed on the 10-day injured list for left knee inflammation and has been out since May 4. Before that, he made seven starts, going 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 37.2 innings of work.

Getting Paxton back in the rotation would obviously be a boost for the Yankees. Remarkably, they have withstood an incredible barrage of injuries since spring training and sit in first in the A.L. East with a record of 34-17.