OAKLAND -- Mariners left-hander James Paxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday after being knocked out of Tuesday's start in the first inning with a bruised left forearm, courtesy of a line drive off the bat of the A's Jed Lowrie.
Seattle recalled right-hander Christian Bergman from Triple-A Tacoma to take Paxton's roster spot. Bergman provides a long-relief option, with Felix Hernandez having pitched 5 2/3 innings in place of Paxton in his first career relief appearance in Tuesday night's loss to the A's.
Hernandez likely will take Paxton's spot in the rotation for now, with his next start due Monday against the Astros in Seattle.
"Right now, he would be our best option," manager Scott Servais said prior to Wednesday's 2-0 win over the A's in 12 innings.
Servais is optimistic that Paxton won't be out much longer than the 10-day period, which could mean missing just one or two starts. Paxton said he had some trouble sleeping Tuesday night with the throbbing arm, but he was glad to see the swelling had gone down some by Wednesday morning.
"It's actually better today," Paxton said. "Last night, I couldn't really use my wrist or fingers much, but today, I'm moving it a little better. That's got to be a good sign. There's still some swelling in there, so it's just going to be about getting that out and going from there."
Servais said the key will be to see how Paxton feels in a few days and how soon he can begin throwing again.
"We have to wait and see how it'll be when he can get a ball in his hand," Servais said. "Right now, we're on hold."
Bergman joined the Mariners on Wednesday, and he was available for the series finale. The 30-year-old is making his second stint with Seattle this season, having made two spot starts and going 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.
Gordon getting time in center field
The return of Robinson Cano means several players will need to be flexible over the final seven weeks of the regular season in order to fit him back into the lineup. Cano started at first base on Tuesday in place of Ryon Healy, but he was at second base and went 2-for-5 in Wednesday's game.
That pushed Dee Gordon back out to center field, where he started 39 games before returning to second base when Cano drew his 80-game suspension in mid-May. He made a leaping catch in the fifth inning and cracked the go-ahead homer in the 12th to send Seattle to victory.
Gordon says he's open to doing whatever the team needs.
"That's huge," Servais said. "That's the attitude we need to take on right now. Everybody needs to be open to sliding around to do what's best for the whole ballclub to get everybody in there and keep everybody going.
"Dee hasn't been out there in quite some time, but he has been out there in [batting practice] and stuff. He knew this was coming a little bit. He'll be out there one day, then probably back in the infield the next day. That's just the way we're going to roll with it."
The Mariners acquired Gordon to play center field this season, but he's been excellent since returning to his natural second-base position, so he will likely continue getting most of his time there.
"This guy is an exceptional athlete," said Servais. "We're fortunate we've got him and he can do those things and is willing to do it."