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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) threw a bullpens session Friday with no issues.
He should be ready to make a rehab start soon. Walker has battled tendinitis in his right foot for a while now before finally being placed on the DL earlier this month, but it appears he's feeling better. He should return in late July or early August. Jul 22 - 4:00 PM

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Taijuan Walker (foot) will play catch the next two days before throwing a bullpen session this weekend in Toronto.

Walker has been sidelined since July 5 with nagging tendinitis in his right foot, but he's slowly starting to ramp up his throwing program. He will need a minor league rehab start, but a return around the end of the month appears within reach. Walker hasn't ruled out offseason foot surgery.
Jul 18 - 7:47 PM

Taijuan Walker will have his walking boot removed on Sunday.

He expects to resume throwing shortly after that and could be back in the rotation within a few weeks. Walker has been sidelined with right foot tendinitis. He's been productive when healthy this year, earning a 3.66 ERA over 16 outings. Offseason surgery could be a possibility for the big right-hander.
Jul 16 - 2:45 PM

Taijuan Walker is currently wearing a boot as he battles tendinitis in his right foot.

The good news is that Walker doesn't have any structural damage in the foot, but he won't be back from the disabled list when he's first eligible. "He's got the boot on for about a week," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "Once he gets that off, we'll get him doing some mobility stuff. He got another little shot in there to try to calm that down. It's kind of what we thought it was all along. It's something that he should be able to pitch with." The Mariners are hopeful that Walker will be back by the end of the month.
Jul 15 - 10:59 PM

A specialist has confirmed the original diagnosis of tendinitis in Taijuan Walker's right foot.

It's an ailment the right-hander has been dealing with for a while now before he was finally placed on the disabled list last week. The Mariners are hoping that Walker will only need a minimum stay on the DL.
Jul 10 - 3:43 PM

Mariners placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 15-day disabled list with right foot tendinitis.

Walker will visit a foot and ankle specialist on Sunday to determine the extent of his injury. He was diagnosed with tendinitis in the right foot near the end of June. Most recently, the ailment forced him out of Tuesday's start against the Astros. Mike Montgomery is set to start in his place on Sunday against the Royals.
Jul 6 - 5:13 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Tuesday that Taijuan Walker's foot is "obviously not right."

Walker made yet another early exit on Tuesday night after experiencing renewed discomfort in the arch of his right foot. "He's trying to battle through it, but it's just not there," said Servais. "He's trying to drive off that back leg. He's a big, strong kid, very athletic and all that other good stuff and he's trying to get through it. But it's just hard for him to repeat." It sounds like a disabled list stint could be coming.
Jul 6 - 10:40 AM

Taijuan Walker was removed from Tuesday's start with renewed discomfort in his right foot.

It wasn't great for him before leaving, allowing five runs on five hits in four innings, including three homers. He'll presumably head for further evaluation.
Jul 5 - 9:53 PM

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

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

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