James Paxton Pulled From Start With Knee Soreness

Yankees southpaw James Paxton was pulled from his start tonight after just three innings. The club has announced that he’s dealing with left knee soreness.

More will be known after an MRI tomorrow. Paxton’s velocity readings did dip a bit during a long third inning, though he still hit 95-96 in his final frame of action. There’s no reason at present to be particularly concerned just yet, though it’s never great to see a key rotation piece leave with any kind of health concern.

In Paxton’s case, he has had some arm problems in recent years, though that’s not implicated here. The knee joint hasn’t been an issue of late, but it was noted as a concern during his amateur days.

The Yankees have awaited many an MRI this year, so this is a familiar position for the club. While the position-player side of the roster has been hit hardest, the team lost Luis Severino for a significant stretch and was already missing Tommy John rehabber Jordan Montgomery.

The depth has been up to the task thus far. Jonathan Loaisiga would likely be called upon to fill in if Paxton misses any time. He’s as promising a fill-in as any team can reasonably hope to have on hand.

from MLB Trade Rumors http://bit.ly/2VJk1jl

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