Yankees’ Lefty James Paxton Recovers from Back Surgery: “I’m Back to Full Strength”

New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (10414035d)

If MLB decides to go through with the 2020 season, New York Yankees will have pitcher James Paxton at their disposal. Paxton, who underwent back surgery back in February, recently told the media that he recovered and is again at “full strength.”

Paxton was initially ruled out for the beginning of the 2020 season but gained enough time for rehab after the league suspended its activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. He now believes that the injury is behind him and that he’ll be able to help his team if needed.

“I think I’ve thrown probably 12, 14 bullpens,” said Paxton in a recent chat with YES Network. “It’s my back feeling really good. My back is a non-issue. I feel totally healthy, so I’ll be ready to go as soon as the season comes about. … I think I’m back to full strength.”

Paxton explained that his pitches are looking good and that he’s getting back the velocity he is known for. 

“I’ve seen some good results there, so I’m continuing to try and improve over this time, even though we’re not playing,” he added.

After spending his entire MLB career with Seattle Mariners, James Paxton joined the Yankees in late 2018 as part of the trade that saw prospects Justus Sheffield, Dom Thompson-Williams, and Erik Swanson head in the opposite direction. Paxton had a successful first year in New York, pitching in 29 games and finishing the season with 15-6 record alongside 3.82 ERA and 186 strikeouts.

Paxton’s MLB career stats include 56-32 record, 3.50 ERA, and 803 strikeouts.