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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher | #99

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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 (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery in New York next Wednesday.
The operation will be performed by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek. Assuming a normal timetable, Walker won't be ready to pitch again until midway through next season. His injury is a big blow to Arizona's starting rotation. Apr 19 - 6:43 PM

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Taijuan Walker will need to undergo Tommy John surgery for his partially torn UCL.

Walker's initial tests showed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), but there was some hope that the 25-year-old right-hander wouldn't have to go under the knife. That hope has given way to reality, and Walker will undergo the major reconstructive elbow procedure sometime in the near future. His 2018 season is over, and we likely won't see him back on the mound until the second half of 2019.
Apr 18 - 6:54 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday on Taijuan Walker's right elbow showed damage in his ulnar collateral ligament.

This sort of diagnosis often leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but Walker will go for a second opinion Wednesday in New York before any decisions are made. The former top Mariners prospect had a breakout year with the Diamondbacks in 2017, registering a 3.49 ERA and 146 strikeouts across 157 1/3 innings. He was sporting a 3.46 ERA through three starts this season.
Apr 17 - 6:52 PM

Diamondbacks placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation.

The D'Backs said after Walker exited Saturday's start that they didn't think he'd need an MRI, but he's now slated to undergo one Monday. More will obviously be known about his potential timetable once the results of that exam are in, but the club remains optimistic that the injury isn't serious. Arizona hasn't revealed who will take Walker's rotation spot, but Braden Shipley is an obvious candidate.
Apr 15 - 1:38 PM

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said after Taijuan Walker was pulled from Saturday's start with right forearm tightness that there were currently no exams scheduled.

It could change if Walker arrives to the ballpark Sunday and feels worse than expected, but for now it doesn't appear he or the team are very concerned. "I feel strong," Walker said Saturday. "Everything feels strong. Everything checked out good. I’m going to get some rest tonight and come in tomorrow and see how everything feels. I feel really good about it." It certainly qualifies as good news for now, but Walker obviously isn't out of the woods yet.
Apr 15 - 12:06 PM

Taijuan Walker left his start Saturday against the Dodgers after two innings due to right forearm tightness.

Well, that's not good. Walker got a visit from the team trainer in the second inning but stayed in the game, and he was pinch-hit for a half-inning later. He allowed a run in his two innings of work. You never want to speculate, but forearm tightness has become a precursor for Tommy John surgery in recent years. He'll surely be sent for tests, after which a clearer picture should be available.
Apr 14 - 10:54 PM

Taijuan Walker limited the Cardinals to one run over six innings in a no-decision Sunday.

Walker pitched well, allowing three hits and walking two over his six innings, but Cardinals starter Luke Weaver was equally potent, leaving the game to be decided by the bullpens. Walker now owns a 3.27 ERA through two starts but has yet to factor into a decision. He'll look for his first win next weekend against the scuffling Dodgers.
Apr 8 - 6:38 PM

Taijuan Walker was able to string out five innings while allowing three runs during the Diamondbacks' extra-innings win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Walker really struggled at the start of this one -- allowing three runs in the first -- but he settled down and didn't allow another run in the next four innings. All things considered, it could have gone much worse. He'll look to get off to a better start early on in his next start on Sunday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Apr 3 - 3:38 AM

Taijuan Walker allowed one run over five innings against the Indians on Tuesday.

Walker scattered four hits, and he walked one while striking out two. He finishes the spring with a 4.32 ERA. He'll make his first start of the MLB season on either Monday or Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Mar 27 - 5:22 PM

Taijuan Walker gave up eight hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in the Diamondbacks’ Cactus League loss to the White Sox.

He registered seven punch-outs and didn’t walk anyone. Walker ran into trouble in the third, allowing a pair of RBI doubles to Matt Skole and Avisail Garcia. He also served up a solo home run to Yoan Moncada in the fifth inning. The 25-year-old has pitched to a mediocre 5.40 ERA over four Cactus League starts, though his high strikeout rate suggests better times are ahead in the regular season.
Mar 23 - 12:47 AM

Taijuan Walker yielded three runs on three hits over two innings in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Royals.

Walker fired off three scoreless frames in his last spring start, but no dice on backing that up with another strong outing. He did not strike out a batter in Saturday's contest, but did issue a pair of walks. The 25-year-old right-hander has battled injury and inconsistency during his major league career while showing flashes that would indicate a potential top-flight starter if he can put everything together. He's worth a flier for fantasy purposes.
Mar 10 - 6:25 PM

Taijuan Walker was excellent in his second spring training start on Sunday, striking out four Cubs in three scoreless innings.

Walker didn't allow a hit or a walk, and was outstanding with his command against the Chicago lineup. He's coming off his best season in 2017, and the 25-year-old right-hander could be fantasy sleeper with his ability to miss bats if the command continues to improve in 2018.
Mar 4 - 4:42 PM

Taijuan Walker gave up one run in one inning on Tuesday against the Giants in his first Cactus League appearance.

Walker allowed two hits in his inning of work, walking no one and striking out two San Francisco hitters. The 25-year-old right-hander is coming off what was easily the best season of his professional career, with a 3.49 ERA and 146 strikeouts in just over 157 innings of work for the Diamondbacks. He'll frustrate with his command, but considering his age and ability to miss bats, he could take a big step forward in 2018 if he throws more quality strikes.
Feb 27 - 5:01 PM

Taijuan Walker lasted just one inning in his start versus the Dodgers on Friday, allowing four runs and taking a loss in Game 1 of the NLDS.

He let the first five hitters he faced reach base. He surrendered a three-run homer to Justin Turner and an RBI double to Yasiel Puig before recording an out in the ballgame. He threw 48 pitches in the first inning and didn't come back out for the second. Zack Godley relieved him and allowed three runs over the next five innings. Walker turned in a fine 3.49 ERA in 28 starts in his first season with the Diamondbacks.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 02:28:00 AM

Taijuan Walker will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks confirmed Thursday.

Torey Lovullo wasn't willing to commit to anything beyond Game 1, but expectations are that Robbie Ray will start Game 2, as long as his arm responds well after Wednesday's relief appearance (everything seems good so far). Zack Greinke is expected to start Game 3. Walker, who was 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts versus the Dodgers this year, is getting the nod over Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 07:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Jeff Mathis
3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2Christian Walker
2B1Ketel Marte
2Chris Owings
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Deven Marrero
3B1Jake Lamb
2Daniel Descalso
LF1Steven Souza
2Jarrod Dyson
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Robbie Ray
3Taijuan Walker
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Archie Bradley
3Yoshihisa Hirano
4Andrew Chafin
5Jorge De La Rosa
6Fernando Salas
7T.J. McFarland
8Randall Delgado