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Mariners send Paxton to DL with pectoral strain

theScore — Aaron Rose

The Seattle Mariners could be without ace left-hander James Paxton until September after placing him on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left pectoral muscle, general manager Jerry Dipoto announced Friday.

Paxton is expected to miss three weeks, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

With Felix Hernandez injured and struggling, Paxton has taken over as the team's ace, pitching to a 2.78 ERA with 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 20 starts. He received AL Player of the Month honors in July, going 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA. This is his second stint on the DL after missing almost a month with a left forearm strain in May.

In a corresponding move, the Mariners called up 23-year-old right-hander Andrew Moore from Triple-A. Moore has a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts in Tacoma, but has scuffled in six major-league starts this year, giving up 11 home runs, ballooning his ERA to 5.65.

Since the All-Star break, the Mariners have gone an AL-leading 16-10 to crawl into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card spot.

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