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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher | #44

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / SEA
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Taijuan Walker (foot) pitched well in Thursday's win over the Orioles, yielding just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Walker was skipped last time through the rotation, as he is dealing with a bout of tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. The nagging injury has forced him out of two starts this month, but he showed no signs of discomfort in Thursday's win. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five without walking a batter. The lone blemish on his line came when Hyun-soo Kim rocked a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. Foot injuries can linger given mankind's bipedal nature, but unless the Mariners indicate otherwise, fantasy owners can safely start Walker when he takes his 3.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 75/17 K/BB ratio (82 innings) into a road start against the Astros next time out. Jul 1 - 1:26 AM

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Taijuan Walker (foot) will start against the Orioles on Thursday.

Walker was skipped his last trip through the rotation due to tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. The hard-throwing right-hander will bring a 3.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 70/17 K/BB ratio into that matchup.
Jun 28 - 7:22 PM

The Mariners are "leaning toward" having Taijuan Walker (foot) start Thursday against the Orioles.

He was skipped last time through the rotation after being diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. Walker threw a bullpen session on Sunday and reported no issues. The right-hander holds a respectable 3.45 ERA in 14 starts this year. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a severe lack of run support and only has three victories.
Jun 27 - 11:08 AM

Taijuan Walker (foot) won't start against the Cardinals on Friday.

That is the bad news. The good news? GM Jerry Dipoto said that a trip to the disabled list is unlikely. After undergoing an MRI earlier in the week, Walker was diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. No structural damage was found in that MRI, though, probably why the Mariners aren't eager to drop him onto the disabled list. The team expects him to start at some point next week, though the exact date and opponent haven't been locked into place as of yet.
Jun 22 - 8:02 PM

Taijuan Walker has been diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot.

Walker has made early exits from his last two outings due to right foot discomfort, and he is doubtful to take his next turn Friday against the Cardinals. Mariners skipper Scott Servais suggested it could be a bullpen game. A trip to the disabled list may be coming for Walker if he doesn't show enough progress by the weekend.
Jun 21 - 4:14 PM

Taijuan Walker is headed back to Seattle to have an MRI on his right foot.

Walker has been bothered by discomfort in the arch of his foot in back-to-back starts, and the Mariners want to get an idea of what exactly he's dealing with. It's believed to be a minor tendon issue. Friday's rotation turn against the Cardinals is to-be-determined.
Jun 20 - 3:56 PM

Taijuan Walker was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Red Sox due to the troublesome tendon in his foot flaring up again.

Walker shut out the hard-hitting Red Sox on six hits through five innings before he was simply not able to go another inning. It's unclear if this will be a continued issue that he'll be able to manage on a weekly basis, or if he'll require a trip to the disabled list to correct the problem.
Jun 19 - 5:32 PM

Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a successful flat-ground session on Thursday morning.

And he told reporters after the workout that he will indeed take his next turn in the Mariners' rotation Sunday afternoon in Boston. "I felt good. I got after it," said the right-hander. "I'm good to go." Walker left his last start Tuesday night against the Rays after experiencing some discomfort in the arch of his right foot. It apparently wasn't anything serious.
Jun 16 - 11:58 AM

Taijuan Walker (foot) expects to take his next turn in the Mariners' starting rotation.

That would be Sunday afternoon in Boston. Walker left his start Tuesday night against the Rays because of an injury to the arch of his foot. It's officially being called "posterior tibial tendinitis."
Jun 15 - 4:01 PM

Updating an earlier report, Taijuan Walker injured the arch of his foot, not his Achilles tendon.

The team is officially calling it "posterior tibial tendinitis." Achilles injuries are hard to recover from so this news should come as quite a relief. The Mariners are confident Walker will make his next start Sunday against Boston. Walker lasted just 3 1/3 innings Tuesday, allowing four runs and three hits in a no-decision. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 14 - 11:01 PM

Taijuan Walker left Tuesday's start against the Rays after aggravating his right Achilles tendon.

Walker struggled from the get go, allowing four runs (three earned) and three hits over just 3 1/3 innings. The right-hander walked off with trainer Rick Griffin and is headed to the locker room for more tests. Walker only has three wins in 13 starts this year, but that's only because he's received the third-lowest run support in baseball.
Jun 14 - 8:58 PM

Taijuan Walker fanned 11 and allowed just three hits over eight innings as the Mariners shut out the Indians 5-0 on Wednesday.

Just when it looked like Walker had lost it (he gave up 11 runs in his previous two starts), he came back tonight with one of the best outings by an American League pitcher this season. He's the eighth Mariners pitcher ever to have a start of at least eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Felix Hernandez has done it twice, but the last to do it was Mike Montgomery in a shutout of the Royals last June.
Jun 9 - 1:05 AM

Taijuan Walker was knocked around for a season-high six runs over five innings in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.

He's winless since April 25. Walker issued a season-high four walks while giving up two home runs. After giving up just one home run through his first five starts, he has allowed 11 of them over his last six outings. His ERA has jumped from 1.80 to 3.94 during that time. He’ll try to right the ship next time out against the Indians.
Jun 3 - 11:50 PM

Taijuan Walker yielded five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Twins.

It looked like a great matchup on paper for Walker -- a home start versus the light-hitting Twins -- but Robbie Grossman, Joe Mauer, and Miguel Sano all homered against the young right-hander as he fell to 2-5 on the year. Walker does still have a shiny 3.31 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 50/11 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings, and he should be a safe start next time out in Arlington, Texas.
May 29 - 7:11 PM

Taijuan Walker was charged with five runs -- one earned -- in 7 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the A's.

It'd probably be for the best if unearned runs were simply abolished from our precious statistics, but then every once in a while, you get a situation in which a pitcher is charged with a bunch of runs that he had very little hand in. That was the case with Walker tonight. It took two Chris Taylor errors to open the door for a four-run eighth inning, and with runners on second and third with one out, manager Scott Servais had Walker intentionally walk the light-hitting Billy Burns before pulling him. All three baserunners later came around to score against the pen. Walker deserved much better, but at least the festivities didn't hurt his ERA.
May 24 - 1:06 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Mike Zunino
4Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
6James Paxton
7Wade LeBlanc
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Mike Montgomery
5Edwin Diaz
6Tony Zych
7Nick Vincent
8Vidal Nuno
9Ryan Cook
10David Rollins
11Nate Karns
12Tom Wilhelmsen
13Evan Scribner