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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 08:34 am
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The Seattle Mariners placed starting pitcher James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left forearm, the team announced Friday.

It's terrible news for the Mariners, who have already lost pitchers Felix Hernandez and Drew Smyly to injury this season. Paxton's exit leaves the team's rotation in shambles, and it couldn't come at a worse time. Seattle had slowly rebounded after a horrendous start to the season to go 6-4 over the last 10 games and climb out of the AL West basement.

Paxton was finally coming into his own. Through six starts, he was 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 37 2/3 innings. He was far and away the Mariners' most effective starter.'s Greg Johns reports that MRIs revealed a Grade 1 strain, adding that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto doesn't expect Paxton to miss more than his next two starts.

Dipoto also said he feels the team "dodged a bullet," according to the Associated Press.

This isn't Paxton's first trip to the DL. He made only 13 starts in consecutive seasons between 2014 and 2015.

The Mariners recalled reliever Evan Marshall from Triple-A to replace Paxton on the roster, and they're expected to call up Christian Bergman over the weekend. Bergman or Dillon Overton will start Sunday against the Texas Rangers.