The Mariners Thursday placed LHP James Paxton on the 15-day disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi muscle strain and recalled LHP Lucas Luetge from AAA Tacoma to take his place on the team’s active roster. Paxton, who started Tuesday night’s season home opener against the L.A. Angels, departed the game in distress in the sixth inning with a 4-3 lead after trailing 3-0 in the first inning.
The Mariners went on to win 5-3, improving to 5-2, enabling Paxton to move to 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA for his six-game Seattle career.
Luetge was in uniform for Wednesday night’s series-ender vs. the Los Angeles Angels (7:10 p.m.) at Safeco Field.
Luetge, 27, began the season in Tacoma, where he made one appearance, allowing two runs in his lone inning Sunday. He was 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA (20 ER, 37.0 IP) in 35 games over three stints with the Mariners last season. In two major league seasons with Seattle, Luetge is 3-5 with a 4.40 ERA (38 ER, 77.2 IP) in 98 relief appearances.
Paxton, 25, allowed three runs in 5-plus innings Tuesday. His 1.75 ERA over six career stars is the lowest by a Mariners pitcher through the first six (no relief appearances) in club history, bettering the 1.84 ERA by Felix Hernandez in 2005.
The Mariners take Thursday off before starting a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics. The Mariners then play seven on the road, at Texas and Miami, before returning to Safeco Field April 21 to face the Houston Astros.