As just announced by the New York Yankees Public Relations Department official Twitter page, SP James Paxton will miss 3-4 months of Major League action, after undergoing a microscopic lumbar discectomy, which was done to remove a peridiscal cyst. James Paxton is currently the number 3 starter for the Yankees, sitting behind Masahiro Tanaka and newly signed Gerrit Cole.

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New York Yankee PR Dept. Twitter

As reported by MLB reporter Bryan Hoch , Yankee GM Brian Cashman stated that the Yankees had Paxton examined by multiple doctors after the end of the 2019 season. While at the time surgery was NOT recommended, the Yankees were informed 4-6 weeks ago that Paxton was experiencing “discomfort”.

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Yahoo Sports

Paxton fell victim last year to the now infamous Yankee-Injury bug that plagued nearly half of the Yankee 40 man roster. Like last year, the absence of Paxton will be felt. Even with his time out last season, Paxton sported a solid 3.82 ERA, with a 1.28 WHIP, and 186 SO.

With this, a position opens up for left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery, who only returned for 4 innings last season after undergoing Tommy-John surgery in early 2018.


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