In an interview with the YES Network (h/t ESPN), Paxton said Friday that he's "back to full strength" after undergoing back surgery in February. Paxton specifically underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy to repair a herniated disk and remove a peridiscal cyst.
With regard to his current condition, Paxton said: "I think I've thrown probably 12, 14 bullpens. It's my back feeling really good. My back is a non-issue. I feel totally healthy, so I'll be ready to go as soon as the season comes about.