Yanks LHP Paxton (glute) has nerve irritation, MRI shows

New York Yankees left-hander James Paxton was diagnosed with nerve irritation on Saturday morning after undergoing an MRI the day after he felt tightness in his left glute.

The starting pitcher, who exited Friday's game in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers after one inning, said he took medication for the problem and doesn't expect it to affect his ability to play in the postseason.

Paxton allowed a two-run homer to Danny Santana with two outs in the first and allowed three hits in the inning. He gave up a double to Nick Solak following Santana's homer and appeared uncomfortable while throwing 21 pitches.

Before the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the plan was for Paxton to throw four or five innings.

Paxton won a career-high 10 straight starts before Friday and finished the regular season, his first with the Yankees, by going 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA in a career-high 29 starts. Paxton missed most of May with right knee inflammation.

--Field Level Media