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Red Sox LHP James Paxton (lat) falters on rehab outing

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Boston Red Sox lefty James Paxton's rehab in the Florida Complex League ended Thursday after he was hit by two hitters with a latissimus dorsi injury, according to multiple reports.

Paxton had not pitched all season after Tommy John surgery. Thursday marked his first rehab assignment in hopes of pitching in Boston before the end of the season.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was disappointed with his injury progression. Paxton left with just six pitches.

"I was very excited today when he came out to take a couple of innings, but [the injury] happened," Cora said before Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Hopefully it's something light, not a big one, and it'll be back in just a few days. I'm a little bit depressed for him. I'm trying to help him get to this point."

Paxton underwent Tommy John surgery while a member of the Seattle Mariners in April 2021. He spent the offseason as a free agent. Paxton, 33, has a 57-33 record and a 3.59 ERA in 137 careers with the Mariners (2013-18, 2021) and New York Yankees (2019-20). He stole 831 batters in 754 2/3 innings.

– Field Level Media