Mariners pitcher James Paxton to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 06: James Paxton #44 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at T-Mobile Park on April 06, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Mariners pitcher James Paxton will undergo season-ending elbow surgery, according to M's manager Scott Servais. 

The news comes after unconfirmed reports last week said Paxton would have Tommy John surgery, but Servais said that has not been determined yet, according to

Tommy John surgery, also known as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, is used to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament inside the elbow, according to John Hopkins Medicine. A UCL is a ligament on the inner side of your elbow that helps secure your elbow joint.

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Last Tuesday, not even two innings in, Paxton said he was experiencing pain and discomfort to the point where he couldn't throw any more pitches. 

He had an MRI at T-Mobile Park the following day, according to  

This is Paxton's first season back with the Mariners after being traded to the New York Yankees back in 2018.

Paxton was 41-26 with a 3.42 ERA for the Mariners from 2013 to 2018, striking out 617 and walking 168 in 582⅓ innings, ESPN reports

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