Mariners lefty James Paxton lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Thursday night's start against the Angels before exiting the field with a trainer. Paxton had surrendered a solo home run to David Fletcher and a two-run homer to Albert Pujols.
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Paxton exited with lower back stiffness. That's good news compared to possible alternatives, which might have involved Paxton's elbow or shoulder. The Mariners should pass along an update on Paxton's status during the game or shortly following the conclusion.