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James Paxton goes on Yankees' IL as Miguel Andujar returns

James Paxton of the Yankees delivers a pitch

James Paxton of the Yankees delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Twins at Yankee Stadium on Friday. Credit: Jim McIsaac

James Paxton officially joined the Yankees crowded injured list Saturday when the Yankees announced he was being sidelined with inflammation in his left knee.

“He’s just got some inflammation in there,’’ Aaron Boone said Saturday after a 7-3 loss to the Twins. Boone said the lefthander received a cortisone injection. “So, he’ll be shut down for (five  to seven days... Hopefully it's something that’s fairly short. But we’ll  see how he responds.’’

Paxton, who later was seen hobbling around the clubhouse with his knee heavily bandaged, said he has been having issues with the knee for some time.  “It's just kind of been lagging since the start of the season,’’ he said. “It’s something that we’ve been able to manage the last little bit. I really don't know why last game (Friday ) it was acting up more than in previous starts. It's just got to the point where I was feeling it on every pitch.  Other  starts I wasn't feeling it every pitch,  I was able to kind of work through it a bit better.’’

Paxton hopes only to miss up to two starts. “We're  thinking that in five to seven days I’ll be able to throw again,’’ he said. “We'll see how it feels then. I think  it’s pretty on par to what I thought it would be. It wasn't anything worse. This should be able to be fixed pretty quickly and easily with  some anti-inflammatories and that injection so I think  that moving forward it should move smoothly.’’

Boone said Jonathan Loaisiga likely ould be called up from Triple-A to replace Paxton in the starting rotation.

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