Boston Red Sox

FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 16: James Paxton #65 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait on Major League Baseball photo day on March 15, 2022 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on March 16, 2022 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)

  • When the Red Sox signed James Paxton back in December, the idea was that the 33-year-old lefty would be able to provide the team a late-season boost when he returned from recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent last April. Now, it appears that won’t happen.

    Paxton got back on the mound for the Red Sox earlier this month, making a rehab start in the Florida Complex League. He had to leave that start after 0.2 innings due to injury. It’s now confirmed that injury was a Grade 2 tear in his left lat muscle, which will hold him out for the rest of the year.

    Paxton has struggled with injuries for much of his career. He’s started 20 or more games just four times in 10 big league seasons.

    When the Red Sox signed Paxton, they structured his contract in a way they could see him pitch after the Tommy John surgery before making a major commitment. The deal is a one-year, $10 million contract with a two-year team option worth $26 million for the next two seasons. The Red Sox will need to decide on that option this offseason.

  • James Paxton career stats

     
    Year Age Tm W L ERA G GS IP H SO WHIP
    2013 24 SEA 3 0 1.50 4 4 24.0 15 21 0.917
    2014 25 SEA 6 4 3.04 13 13 74.0 60 59 1.203
    2015 26 SEA 3 4 3.90 13 13 67.0 67 56 1.433
    2016 27 SEA 6 7 3.79 20 20 121.0 134 117 1.306
    2017 28 SEA 12 5 2.98 24 24 136.0 113 156 1.103
    2018 29 SEA 11 6 3.76 28 28 160.1 134 208 1.098
    2019 30 NYY 15 6 3.82 29 29 150.2 138 186 1.281
    2020 31 NYY 1 1 6.64 5 5 20.1 23 26 1.475
    2021 32 SEA 0 0 6.75 1 1 1.1 0 2 0.750
    9 Yr 9 Yr 9 Yr 57 33 3.59 137 137 754.2 684 831 1.212
    162 162 162 14 8 3.59 34 34 187 170 206 1.212
    SEA SEA SEA 41 26 3.42 103 103 583.2 523 619 1.186
    NYY NYY NYY 16 7 4.16 34 34 171.0 161 212 1.304
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/29/2022.
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