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The hard-throwing reliever has not yet appeared in a Spring Training game, but he has thrown a few bullpen sessions and a simulated game. He has now started to throw live batting practice. Manager Lloyd McClendon said that Pryor feels well and has thrown the ball very well for this point in his recovery.
Pryor had shoulder surgery last fall to repair a torn muscle. The Mariners expect him back on the active roster at some time in April, more likely at the end of the month barring any setbacks.
The young but talented pitching prospect Taijuan Walker gave Mariners fans hope when he declared himself "feeling normal again" after Thursday's bullpen session. Johns said that Walker continued to feel well on Friday as he threw long tosses. He will throw again on each day of the weekend -- a long-toss session on Saturday and a bullpen session on Sunday.
Walker is recovering from inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He may possibly miss the very beginning of the season, but he may not need a DL stint. The Mariners expect him back soon after the regular season begins.
The #2 starter behind Felix Hernandez, Iwakuma (pictured) has also not pitched in a game. He sprained a finger tendon right as Spring Training began and currently wears a splint on it. He will see a hand specialist on Tuesday to see if he can have the splint removed so he can start throwing. He has performed simulated throws with a towel wrapped around his hand to keep his arm in shape.
Like Walker, Iwakuma will most likely miss the beginning of the regular season but join the team soon after. McClendon expects both pitchers to miss two starts.