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.
A line drive off the bat of Jed Lowrie hits James Paxton and knocks him out of the game. @ROOTSPORTS_NW pic.twitter.com/2w3pkVArJZ
— ROOT SPORTS™ | NW (@ROOTSPORTS_NW) August 15, 2018
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.
James Paxton left tonight’s game with a left forearm contusion. He is day-to-day. #Mariners
— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) August 15, 2018
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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