The Yankees placed LHP James Paxton on the 10-day IL Saturday morning with left knee inflammation. As the corresponding move, they called up reliever Jake Barrett.
Paxton has been very good this year, but, fortunately, it sounds like the plan is to basically skip one start with this IL stint, according to Aaron Boone. Fair enough. Thank god it’s not a shoulder/elbow thing.
Paxton has a 3.11 ERA in 37.2 innings this season so far. He has a 144 ERA+ which is very very good. In other words, he has been on pace for his best season ever, more or less. We’re a month in, so we’re still in fairly small sample size territory, but the point is he’s been awesome.
Jake Barrett was acquired in a very minor trade at the end of spring training. He had an awesome rookie year in 2016, but hasn’t really done anything in the big leagues since. Maybe he’ll turn out to be good! I wouldn’t bet on it though.
For what it’s worth, those 2016 stats: 59.1 IP, 3.49 ERA, 129 ERA+.
I assume Barrett is just up temporarily until Jonathan Loaisiga comes up to fill in for Paxton’s rotation spot. I don’t know what the rotation in Scranton has been like, so I suppose there’s a chance that it is Chance Adams who will fill in if his turn in the rotation lines up better? Idk we’ll find out in 5 days.
Anyway, I hope that Paxton truly does just miss this one start and can come back, because with Luis Severino also out with no timetable for return really in place, we need him.