SEATTLE – Left-hander James Paxton left the first outing of his second stint with the Seattle Mariners for what the team diagnosed as left elbow discomfort after throwing just 24 pitches in the game against the Chicago White Sox.

Paxton remained in the dugout after leaving the match.

The southpaw winced after throwing a 92-mile fastball to Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn with one out in the second inning. Mariners manager Scott Servais and the team’s physical trainer immediately came out to check on Paxton, who was crouched with his hands on his knees. After a talk, the pitcher came down the hill and was relieved by Nick Margevicius.

Paxton, who spent the past two seasons with the New York Yankees after playing his first six years in the majors in Seattle, returned to the Mariners in February with a one-year deal valued at $ 8.5 million.

The left-hander underwent surgery in February 2020 to repair a herniated disc and remove a cyst on his back. He was 1-1 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts with the Yankees last year before he was called into action with a sore left forearm.

Paxton can earn an additional $ 1.5 million in performance bonuses for games started; $ 150,000 each start for six to 10 and an additional $ 750,000 for opening between 11 and 22 games.