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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Taijuan Walker (shoulder) has been cleared to being playing catch on Monday.
Walker was given the go-ahead after being examined by Dr. Edward Khalfaya on Wednesday. The right-hander will have been shut down for two weeks and will probably need a few bullpen sessions before being cleared to resume his rehab assignment. There's no timetable for his return. Apr 23 - 1:28 PM

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Taijuan Walker (shoulder) could begin playing catch by the end of this week.

Walker is tentatively scheduled to be examined by Dr. Edward Khalfaya on Wednesday and could gain clearance at that time to resume throwing. The righty was diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement after he had to be scratched from his last rehab outing when he couldn't get loose. Walker's stamina is already built up enough to rejoin the M's rotation, so it's all about how he feels at this point.
Apr 20 - 1:28 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Taijuan Walker will be shut down for two weeks with a right shoulder impingement.

Walker was scratched from his scheduled rehab start Tuesday due to the setback. It was supposed to be the final rehab start before he rejoined the big club, but that's gone by the wayside. Even when he does resume throwing, he'll need to build his arm strength back up before being recalled. At this point, his return date is up in the air.
Apr 16 - 6:28 PM

Taijuan Walker was scratched from Tuesday's rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder.

Uh oh. Walker had trouble loosening up in the bullpen prior to the game, which in and of itself doesn't sound too bad, but it is when you consider he's already had numerous starts and stops during his recovery. Tuesday's outing was supposed to be Walker's final rehab start before rejoining the rotation, but obviously that's not going to happen now. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Apr 15 - 7:56 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will make another rehab start next week at Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker struck out 10 batters over five scoreless innings at Double-A Jackson on Wednesday and the thought was that it was going to be his final rehab start. But the Mariners don't want to rush their top pitching prospect. "He needs to continue to get stronger," manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday. "He needs to continue to command all of his pitches. He’s progressing well. We’re very pleased with where he is at this point."
Apr 12 - 6:53 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) struck out 10 hitters over five scoreless innings in a rehab start with Double-A Jackson on Wednesday.

Walker needed 84 pitches to get through five, giving up just three hits and a walk. With James Paxton hitting the shelf due to a strained left lat, it may have been Walker's last rehab start before rejoining the Mariners. The right-hander needed a few extra weeks after shoulder inflammation sidelined him in spring, but he appears to be right and should be owned in all leagues in advance of his 2014 debut.
Apr 9 - 10:24 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) is scheduled to make his second rehab start this week with Double-A Jackson.

If it goes well, Walker should then be cleared to join the Mariners' starting rotation. He allowed two runs but struck out seven batters over 4 1/3 innings last Friday in his rehab debut at High-A High Desert.
Apr 8 - 5:52 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday that Taijuan Walker (shoulder) could be within 10 days of returning to the Mariners rotation.

The organization liked what they saw from his first rehab start with High-A High Desert on Friday, and it sounds like if they're pleased with his next outing that he could immediately rejoin the Mariners rotation. Chris Young, who had his start skipped on Saturday, could be bumped from the Mariners rotation once Walker returns.
Apr 5 - 1:32 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) struck out seven over 4 1/3 innings in his minor league rehab start with High-A High Desert on Friday.

The young right-hander allowed two runs on four hits on the night. He will get another rehab start or two under his belt before becoming an option to join the Mariners rotation, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him back until the end of April.
Apr 4 - 11:40 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A High Desert Friday.

Walker has been dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder since the beginning of spring training but has made lots of progress. He figures to make at least a couple more rehab starts after Friday's outing but could be ready to rejoin the Mariners' rotation by the end of April.
Apr 2 - 3:20 PM

Mariners placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with a right shoulder injury.

Walker developed some shoulder inflammation early in camp and the Mariners brought him along slowly to be safe. He's expected to join Seattle's starting rotation by the end of April and is a worthwhile stash in all standard fantasy leagues. The talented 21-year-old had a 2.93 ERA, 1.196 WHIP, and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings last season in the minors.
Mar 29 - 2:25 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) made his first start of the spring on Saturday.

Walker threw one inning, giving up two hits and a run while throwing nothing but fastballs and changeups. He then threw 15 more pitches in the bullpen to complete his day. His command was shaky, which is to be expected in a first start, but he was touching 96 mph with his fastball and showed good movement with his changeup. It's definitely a positive step for the right-hander, who should be in Seattle before May if he continues to progress.
Mar 22 - 5:55 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will throw two innings in a minor league game Saturday.

It will be the top prospect's first game action this spring. Walker was cleared after throwing a 40-pitch bullpen session Wednesday with no issues. Saddled with shoulder inflammation this spring, Walker will get a late start to the season but has a shot to rejoin the Mariners' rotation sometime in April.
Mar 21 - 5:20 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) fired a successful 40-pitch bullpen session that included 10 curveballs on Wednesday.

"Says all felt great," passes along MLB.com's Greg Johns. This was Walker's third successful bullpen session since being shut down in late February with shoulder inflammation. There's a chance he could join the M's rotation in April.
Mar 19 - 3:48 PM

Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will throw a 50-pitch bullpen session that includes breaking balls on Wednesday.

Assuming no issues on Wednesday, he'll move on to simulated game situations. Walker was shut down in late February with shoulder inflammation. He hasn't experienced any setbacks and could join the M's rotation in April.
Mar 19 - 10:49 AM

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2B1Robinson Cano
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SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
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CF1Abraham Almonte
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Logan Morrison
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DH1Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Erasmo Ramirez
4Taijuan Walker
5James Paxton
6Roenis Elias
7Chris Young
8Blake Beavan
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PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
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