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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher | #99

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / SEA
Contract: view contract details
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Taijuan Walker scattered six hits and three runs over six innings Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 16-5 win over the Rockies.
He fanned eight hitters and walked four. Walker didn’t have his best stuff but soldiered through for his sixth victory of the year. He served up a solo blast to Mark Reynolds in the second inning while letting two runs come across on a fifth-inning double by Nolan Arenado. All things considered, allowing three runs at Coors Field isn’t a bad outing. The 24-year-old has a favorable matchup coming up against the Phillies on Monday. Jun 22 - 12:25 AM

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Taijuan Walker beat the Tigers by allowing one run in five innings in his first start since being activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

He missed three weeks with a finger blister. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six in the ballgame. Walker improves to 5-3 with a fine 3.32 ERA and middling 1.30 WHIP through 10 starts. He has 52 strikeouts and 19 walks in 57 innings. He lines up to face the Rockies at Coors Field next Wednesday.
Jun 14 - 10:20 PM

Diamondbacks activated RHP Taijuan Walker from the 10-day disabled list.

Walker will start for Arizona on Wednesday night against the Tigers after missing over three weeks with a blister on his right index finger. The 24-year-old has posted a strong 3.46 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 46/18 K/BB ratio in 52 innings (nine starts) this season, though he skipped a minor league rehab assignment and could show some rust against a good Detroit offense.
Jun 14 - 12:42 PM

Taijuan Walker (blister) is on track to rejoin the Diamondbacks' rotation on Wednesday in Detroit.

Walker threw another bullpen session Saturday and appears to have put his blister issue behind him. The D'Backs won't announce until Wednesday whether it will be Zack Godley or Randall Delgado coming out of the rotation to make room for Walker.
Jun 11 - 2:02 PM

Taijuan Walker (blister) threw another bullpen session on Saturday.

Some of his pitches were thrown with a bandage covering his blister, while some were thrown without it. Manager Torey Lovullo said Walker's next pitching appearance could come in the major leagues, though he didn't give a specific date. Walker was pitching extremely well before his injury and the D'Backs should be eager to slot him back in their starting rotation.
Jun 10 - 7:52 PM

Taijuan Walker (blister) threw a successful simulated game on Wednesday.

Walker tossed five innings and said afterward that he felt good. He has been sidelined by a blister issue on his right index finger since May 21. Walker will be reevaluated on Thursday to see how the blister responded to the simulated game.
Jun 7 - 7:15 PM

Taijuan Walker (blister) is scheduled to throw 60 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday.

Walker went through some fielding drills on Tuesday, but the real test for his right index finger blister will come Wednesday. He's been on the disabled list since May 21.
Jun 6 - 6:57 PM

Taijuan Walker (blister) will not start for the Diamondbacks on Sunday against the Marlins.

Walker said after a bullpen session Friday that the blister on his right index finger is "probably like 90 percent" healed, but the D'Backs will wait until it's fully healed before clearing the righty. Arizona has not announced yet who will start Sunday instead of Walker.
Jun 2 - 4:19 PM

Taijuan Walker's next bullpen session has been pushed back to Friday.

Walker had been scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday but for whatever reason, the Diamondbacks are saving it for Friday. Per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Walker's status for Sunday's game against Miami is "up in the air." A blister sent Walker to the disabled list on May 21.
Jun 1 - 4:29 PM

Taijuan Walker (blister) threw a successful three-inning simulated game on Tuesday.

"We’ll see how it responds tomorrow," Walker said, "but as of right now I feel pretty good." The right-hander was placed on the disabled list May 21, retroactive to May 20, with a blister on his right index finger. It's possible he could return to the Diamondbacks' starting rotation Sunday in Miami.
May 30 - 8:00 PM

Taijuan Walker (blister) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

It will be his first time testing out the blister on his right index finger since he was placed on the disabled list last weekend. If all goes well, Walker will rejoin the Diamondbacks' rotation next weekend against the Marlins. "The blister feels good," Walker said. "It’s not bad. It still needs to heal a little bit more, but we’re going to take care of it. It should be good."
May 26 - 8:39 AM

Diamondbacks placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with a blister on his right index finger.

Walker evidently must have developed the blister during his six shutout innings against the Padres on Friday. He would seem to have a decent shot to return before the end of the month, but we'll just have to wait and see how his finger heals.
May 21 - 4:02 PM

Taijuan Walker shut out the Padres for six innings to earn his fourth win Friday.

Walker still walked three after being handed an 8-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Padres weren't ever in a position to get back into the game. Walker's two best starts this year have come against San Diego; he allowed two runs in eight innings and struck out 11 versus the Padres on April 27. He has a 4.26 ERA and a 32/15 K/BB ratio in 38 innings against the rest of the league.
May 20 - 2:21 AM

Taijuan Walker allowed four runs - three earned - and eight hits over six innings in a loss against the Pirates on Saturday.

Walker's location was off, as he threw just 61 of his 108 pitches for strikes. He is winless in three starts in the month of May, going 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA. The biggest concern for fantasy owners might be his eight walks and 10 strikeouts. He'll need to work down the free passes before re-emerging as a must-start fantasy option across the board.
May 13 - 11:54 PM

Taijuan Walker yielded three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

Walker coughed up a solo home run to Mark Reynolds in the second inning, but otherwise kept the Rockies at bay into the sixth inning. Matters devolved in odd fashion with two outs in that frame, though, with Walker being pulled following a sun-aided RBI double by Trevor Story. Story would then touch home on a Pat Valaika homer to polish off the scoring on Walker's line. He will carry a 4.28 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 40/12 K/BB ratio into a home start against the Pirates in his next scheduled start.
May 7 - 7:12 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Chris Herrmann
3Jeff Mathis
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Brandon Drury
2Daniel Descalso
SS1Chris Owings
2Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Reymond Fuentes
RF1David Peralta
2Gregor Blanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Taijuan Walker
3Robbie Ray
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2JJ Hoover
3Archie Bradley
4Andrew Chafin
5Jorge De La Rosa
6Steve Hathaway
7Silvino Bracho
8T.J. McFarland
9Randall Delgado