James Paxton
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New York Yankees left-handed pitcher James Paxton continues dealing with nagging knee issues that just won’t go away.

Robby Sabo

James Paxton just cannot get out of his own way. More specifically, his knees won’t allow him to break free.

He’s currently calling is “discomfort” in his left knee, the injury that’s kept the New York Yankees lefty sidelined since May 3. Despite the discomfort, Big Maple allowed one hit in and struck out seven in four innings in extended spring training Friday.

”I felt it a little bit, but I still was able to make my pitches, which is what I wanted to see,” Paxton said, via AP.

”If I come in tomorrow with more pain than I had walking in today, then we’ll have to do something,” Paxton added. ”But, if I come in tomorrow and it feels the same as it did walking in today, then that’s just how I’m going to have to pitch for right now.”

Paxton, 30, could very well be the Yankees ace right now with Luis Severino out longterm.

In seven starts this season, Paxton’s put forth a 3.11 ERA, 1.195 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 37.2 total innings pitched. He was especially dominant in late April after a rocky start.

With the Seattle Mariners in 2018, Paxton struck out 208 batters in 160.1 innings to go along with a 3.76 ERA and 11 wins. Brian Cashman’s move for the big lefty brought stability to the rotation. At least it should … if the big southpaw can remain healthy.

After a dominant series in Baltimore, the Yankees get right back at it on Friday night in Kansas City when they kick off a three-game slate against the Royals.

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