Paxton to play catch, on track for rehab stint

Paxton to play catch, on track for rehab stint

ARLINGTON -- James Paxton will play some light catch at Safeco Field on Friday, and if his injured finger continues to feel fine, he should begin a Minor League rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Paxton has been on the disabled list since May 29 with a strained middle finger on his pitching hand, but the southpaw threw a 30-pitch simulated game on Tuesday at Globe Life Park and all systems now appear to be go.

McClendon said the 26-year-old will need several Minor League outings before he rejoins the Mariners. Tacoma hosts Memphis on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. PT to kick off an eight-game homestand.

"I'd say he'll need at least two rehab starts. In all likelihood three, but we'll see," McClendon said prior to Wednesday's series finale with the Rangers.

Either scenario would set Paxton up to rejoin Seattle in early September, with a chance to make four or five starts before the season ends.

Paxton opened the campaign as Seattle's No. 2 starter and went 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 starts before injuring his finger.

Worth noting

• Veteran lefty reliever Charlie Furbush was scheduled to meet with the Mariners' team physician on Wednesday afternoon for further tests on what has been labeled "biceps tendinitis." Furbush has been on the DL since July 9 and was believed close to returning last week, but then felt continued soreness in his arm after his latest bullpen session in Boston.

• Due to a conflict with a Seahawks preseason game, Friday's home game between the Mariners and White Sox will be on 770 KTTH and 570 KVI radio instead of the normal 710 ESPN. The 7:10 p.m. PT contest features two of the top pitchers in baseball, with Felix Hernandez facing Chris Sale. The game will be televised as usual on ROOT Sports.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.