Paxton slated to throw bullpen session Friday

Paxton slated to throw bullpen session Friday

SEATTLE -- Injured left-hander James Paxton played catch at Safeco Field on Monday and will do so again Wednesday before a scheduled bullpen session Friday as he works his way back from a shoulder issue that has sidelined him since early April.

Paxton has been on the disabled list since his second start of the year on April 8 when he strained the lat muscle behind his left shoulder. He worked his way back to the point where he made a Minor League rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on May 24 before needing to be shut down again when his shoulder tightened up after that three-inning outing.

After another month of rehab, Paxton's starting to build his arm strength back up and the bullpen session will be another step along that way.

"I'm feeling really good," the 25-year-old said Monday. "I've been working real hard here trying to get myself ready again. Today was probably the best day I've had just in letting it go. I'm just working on getting my timing down and today was probably the best that's felt. One day at a time."

Manager Lloyd McClendon isn't putting a timetable on Paxton's return.

"He's doing extremely well," McClendon said. "How far away he is, I can't answer that. We'll just have to wait and see."

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