Red Sox pitcher James Paxton hasn’t seen any level of in-game action since signing with the team this past offseason. That changed Thursday, as he made his first rehab start came with the rookie-level Red Sox, where he was supposed to pitch three innings. Paxton suffered in injury in early April 2021, leading to Tommy John surgery.
After two batters in his first start back in nearly a year and a half, Paxton reportedly suffered an injury after only two batters, bringing his rehab stint to a halt. Alex Speier later reported at the Boston Globe that Paxton was feeling tightness in his left lat muscle, and will be examined Friday to determine the severity of the injury and whether it will affect his rehab plans.
The 33-year-old struggled in 2020 with the New York Yankees, he had a 6.64 ERA in five starts. In 2019, Paxton had a 15-6 record with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts. He’s 57-33 with a 3.59 ERA and 3.6 K/BB over his career with both the Seattle Mariners and the Yankees.