Seattle Mariners 

Speculation on Paxton’s replacement

For the second year in a row James Paxton has found himself on the disabled list. The move was made official on Friday after Paxton left his start against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night with discomfort in his left middle finger. The official injury is a strained tendon in said finger. No doubt the injury is untimely, not only for the Mariners but for the Canadian-born left-hander. Paxton has had a solid month of May and entered Thursday’s start riding a 20-inning scoreless streak. He was coming off a stretch…

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Seattle Mariners 

Prediction: Mariners will need more than five starters in 2015

With starting pitcher Roenis Elias being optioned to Class-AAA Tacoma today, Taijuan Walker appears to have a clear path to the fifth spot in the Mariners’ starting rotation. Considering that the 22-year-old Walker hasn’t surrendered a run and looked spectacular in 18 Cactus League innings, today’s announcement wasn’t a great surprise to most observers. Some Mariners fans, however, would prefer that Elias join Walker in the rotation with veteran J.A. Happ being bumped to the bullpen. That scenario isn’t likely since manage Lloyd McClendon is on record stating that the…

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