The surgery for Paxton was specifically a microscopic lumbar discectomy, as he also had a peridiscal cycst removed, and this procedure took place in Dallas after he exited his regular season finale in 2019 with a tight left glute muscle. That was on September 27th and ended his career-best streak of 10 consecutive starts with victories. He did go on to pitch in the Postseason, going 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in three Postseason starts, giving up five runs over 13 innings pitched.
The 31-year-old did make two starts in the ALCS against the Houston Astros, but is not expected to be back on the mound until at least May. Paxton is coming off a nice 2019 season, his first as a Yankee, which saw him go 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts. He was acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the Seattle Mariners and agreed to a one-year, $12.5 million contract last month. That means that he will become a free agent after the 2020 season, and that makes it even more important that he returns healthy in strong come spring.