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Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: JAMES PAXTON STILL CAN'T AVOID INJURY BUG

While the bigger picture is a positive one, Seattle Mariners ace pitcher James Paxton reminded his fantasy baseball owners about the extreme risk it was to invest in him for 2018 as he hit the DL Friday with what is being called lower back inflammation.  Paxton of course is arguably one of the most injury-prone pitchers in all of baseball and his long yearly stints on the DL have overshadowed what has been brilliant pitching since becoming a regular in the team's rotation a few seasons ago.  2018 saw more of the same brilliance from Paxton as he went to the DL stint with a 3.70 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and a massive 155 K's in 119.1.  The strikeout rate in particular jumps out here as Paxton is up in Chris Sale hallowed territory there and again shows how dominant a pitcher he can be.  Luckily this time around the injury doesn't seem to be major as Paxton is scheduled to be back for his July 24th start but still any missed time is a reminder how quickly things can go wrong here. 


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