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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher | #44

Team: Seattle Mariners
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 underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle.
Walker first started having issues with his ankle in June and his performance certainly seemed to suffer, as he posted a 5.68 ERA from July on after going into the month with a 3.29 mark. He's expected to be 100 percent at the start of spring training and hopefully this will help lead to more consistent results for him in 2017. Oct 17 - 6:49 PM

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Taijuan Walker is mulling offseason surgery on his right foot.

Walker has been battling through a foot issue since June. It's unclear at this point what kind of operation he'd require or how long his rehab would be, but the righty would likely be ready by the time spring training rolls around.
Oct 2 - 3:24 PM

Taijuan Walker limited the A's to one run and two hits in six innings Friday.

Walker never seemed quite right after hurting his foot in July, but he's managed to give the Mariners five decent starts in a row anyway and they've won four of them. His regular season concludes with an 8-11 record, a 4.22 ERA and a 119/37 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. The potential is still there for him to do much better.
Oct 1 - 1:21 AM

Taijuan Walker surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Walker's foot still isn't quite right, and we'd say that has something to do with his inconsistent results, though it's certainly fair to say he's been inconsistent since the day he entered the league. He fell to 6-11 with a 4.32 ERA after this one. He'll make his next start Sunday in Minnesota.
Sep 20 - 1:49 AM

Taijuan Walker was superb in Tuesday's complete game, 8-0 win over the Angels and did not allow a hit until the seventh inning.

Walker was actually pitching a perfect game until a Ketel Marte error in the sixth inning foiled his efforts. He would lose the no-hitter altogether by allowing a single to Kole Calhoun to lead off the seventh inning. The 24-year-old right-hander finished his evening having struck out a career-high-tying 11 batters. Foot issues stole much of the middle of the season from Walker, but Tuesday's showing was a reminder of what he can do when he is right. He will try for similarly strong results when he brings his 4.28 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 103/26 K/BB ratio (117 2/3 innings) into a home start against the Blue Jays next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 14 - 12:51 AM

Taijuan Walker turned in a forgettable start in Thursday's win over the Rangers, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings.

Walker struck out three and walked two in what was a fine -- if unspectacular -- outing. The Rangers struck for two in the third inning courtesy of RBI singles by Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor. Ian Desmond would bop a solo home run in the fifth to polish off the scoring on Walker's line. Since being recalled on August 24, the 24-year-old right-hander has allowed at least four runs in three of four starts, with Thursday's outing the lone exception. A road date with the Angels shows next on his schedule.
Sep 9 - 1:33 AM

Taijuan Walker couldn't even make it through the first inning, getting pounded for six runs -- including three consecutive home runs -- in a loss to the Angels on Saturday.

He drilled the first batter he faced, then got drilled for home runs by the next three batters in a row. He gave up another pair of runs before being yanked from the game having retired only two batters total in the brief and ugly outing. He has pitched poorly in each of his three starts since being recalled from Triple-A last week. Overall he is 4-10 with a 4.60 ERA in 20 starts. His potential is obvious but owners should keep him on their bench until he shows signs of life. He is too dangerous to trust down the stretch or in the fantasy playoffs.
Sep 4 - 1:36 AM

Taijuan Walker yielded four earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the White Sox.

Walker actually pitched pretty well, allowing just four hits and a walk while working into the top of the eighth inning. He's given up eight runs in 13 innings since returning from Triple-A Tacoma on August 23, but there have been some positive signs. A start at home against the Angels is next.
Aug 28 - 4:46 PM

Making his return to the big league mound in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees, Taijuan Walker allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Walker made a trio of starts for Triple-A Tacoma after being bombed by the Angels for six runs following a DL-stint for foot tendinitis. He was called up for Tuesday's start against the Yankees and pitched a serviceable -- if unspectacular -- game. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three while allowing a run in the second inning, two in the fifth and one final run in the sixth. He will take a 4.14 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into a road start against the White Sox as he tries to ease back into the major league flow.
Aug 24 - 12:57 AM

Mariners recalled RHP Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma.

Cody Martin was sent down in the corresponding move. Walker will get the ball Tuesday against the Yankees following a short stint in the minors. The right-hander got off to a strong start this year but began to stall after a midseason foot injury hindered his effectiveness. For what it's worth, he looked good in the minors with a 3.60 ERA in three starts for Tacoma.
Aug 23 - 2:56 PM

Taijuan Walker is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start Tuesday against the Yankees.

The Mariners have yet to make an official announcement, but Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune hears from club officials that Walker is the likely choice. The 24-year-old is coming off 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his most recent start at Triple-A. He'd be worth using in mixed leagues again if he shows signs of progress Tuesday.
Aug 22 - 9:11 PM

Taijuan Walker is a candidate to start Tuesday versus the Yankees.

Wade LeBlanc is another option, although he would be taking the ball on three days' rest. Walker has put up a 3.60 ERA over three starts for Triple-A Tacoma since being sent down, although it's come along with a 6/8 K/BB ratio over 15 innings.
Aug 21 - 2:27 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker made his return from right foot tendinitis on Saturday against the Angels and was hammered for six runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings. He failed to strike out any of the 19 batters he faced. He's apparently healthy now, but the Mariners want him to work on things in the minors. The recently-acquired Arquimedes Caminero will take his place on the active roster while Ariel Miranda will remain in the rotation.
Aug 8 - 6:28 PM

Taijuan Walker was pummeled for six runs in four innings and was lucky to avoid a loss when the Mariners came back late in the game to beat the Angels 8-6 on Saturday.

He failed to strike anybody out. He gave up seven hits and walked two. Walker got off to a very bad start -- the first three batters of the game scored on a Mike Trout home run. This was his first game since being activated off the disabled list. Hopefully he can shake off the rust in his next start, which will be against the Athletics in Oakland on Friday. Walker's record holds at 4-7 with a 4.10 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 90 innings.
Aug 7 - 1:59 AM

Mariners activated RHP Taijuan Walker from the 15-day disabled list.

Walker is back after missing a month with right foot tendinitis. He'll take the hill Saturday against the Angels. He holds a respectable 3.66 ERA over 16 outings this year.
Aug 6 - 5:25 PM

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