ARLINGTON, Texas -- New York Yankees left-hander James Paxton was removed from Friday night's start against the Texas Rangers after one inning because of a tight muscle in his buttocks, but manager Aaron Boone said after the game he doesn't believe it's anything serious.
"[Paxton] wanted to go back out there," Boone said after New York's 14-7 victory. "Normally I would've let him. ... [But I] didn't want to mess with anything. I do think it's kind of a minor deal."
Injuries have been an issue for the Yankees all season. Right-hander Luis Severino just returned after missing all but the final two weeks of the season with right rotator-cuff inflammation. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton is also among the 30 players who have spent time on the injured list.
Paxton's departure ended his career-best streak of victories in 10 consecutive starts.
"When I was warming up, I felt a little bit of tightness there, a little discomfort," Paxton, 30, said after the game. "I think I could have kept going, but they wanted to play it safe and just have me completely rested for what comes next."
The 15-game winner gave up a two-run homer to Danny Santana before finishing his only inning with a strikeout of Rougned Odor. It was Paxton's final start before the playoffs for the American League East champions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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