James Paxton leaves season debut for Seattle Mariners with injury

Apr 6, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (44) throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton left Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the second inning with an apparent injury.

Making his season debut, Paxton had a 1-2 count on Andrew Vaughn when the pitcher grimaced after throwing his 24th pitch of the night and walked off the mound after a short chat with a trainer.

Paxton retired the side in order in the first inning. He walked Yoan Moncada leading off the second before a wild pitch advanced the runner to second. Yermin Mercedes then grounded out to first base.

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Paxton was replaced by left-hander Nick Margevicius.

Paxton, 32, returned to the Mariners on a one-year, $8.5 million contract this year after spending two seasons with the New York Yankees. Before that, the native of Ladner, British Columbia, played for Seattle from 2013 to 2018.

–Field Level Media