Seattle's James Paxton exits early with injury, Felix Hernandez makes relief debut

The Mariners saw a quick change on the hill Tuesday when starter James Paxton exited the game after suffering an injury in the first inning.

Paxton took a 96-mph line drive to his arm, which then led Felix Hernandez’s first relief appearance. It’s Hernandez’s first outing with Seattle since being taken out of the rotation Thursday.

The organization confirmed that the injury was to Paxton’s left forearm and that he would be day-to-day. Paxton has suffered injuries earlier in the season including lower back stiffness that landed him on the 10-day disable list. 

The former Mariners ace had a strong outing in relief of the current Mariners ace despite the loss to the Athletics. 

In 5 2/3 innings of work in Seattle’s 3-2 loss in Oakland, Hernandez surrendered two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out two. He was later replaced in favor of Adam Warren.

Paxton entered the game 10-5 on the season with a 3.63 ERA. Hernandez left the game moving to 8-11 this year and a 5.62 ERA.

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