James Paxton is the latest injury to the reeling Yankees

James Paxton is the latest Yankees player to deal with an injury.

The New York Yankees were cruising to start the 2020 season. The team jumped out to a 16-6 start and it appeared nothing could go wrong. Then the injuries began to pile up.

Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Zack Britton all got hurt before Gleyber Torres joined that group Thursday. But he was not the only one, as starting pitcher James Paxton is also reportedly dealing with an injury of his own.

James Paxton’s nice start spoiled

Paxton logged five innings of work Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays and allowed three earned runs. The bullpen responded to allow seven more in what ended up being a 10-5 loss to cap off a sweep for the Rays.

The southpaw is not the star of the staff by any means, but he is a regular member of the rotation and yet another injury seems to be a bad omen for the Yankees. Big names are going down on a daily basis and the Rays took advantage with a sweep to jump into first place.

It appears that the Yankees are still a lock for the postseason given the rest of the division. However, this postseason is going to have a tournament feel and is set to begin in just over a month from now.

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Paxton has made five starts this season and is rocking a brutal 6.64 ERA. But that is only in 20.1 innings, so there is plenty of time to bring it back down. The hope now is that he is not dealing with a serious elbow issue that will hold him out for any significant amount of time. Depth only goes so far in a season when a new pitcher may now only get five or six starts before postseason play begins.

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