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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mariners injury updates: Stephen Pryor, Taijuan Walker, Hisashi Iwakuma


By on 3/15/2014 05:00:00 PM

With the Seattle Mariners adding offense to their lineup with the return of Corey Hart on Friday night, the Mariners can now turn their attention to their pitching staff, which has its own share of nagging injuries. Stephen Pryor, Taijuan Walker, and Hisashi Iwakuma are all recovering from injuries that have kept them out of action, but each is making steady progress toward returning to the mound. Here are the latest updates on all three pitchers, courtesy of Mariners beat writer Greg Johns of MLB.com.


By LiAnna Davis, via Wikimedia Commons (Cropped)

Stephen Pryor
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.

Taijuan Walker
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.

Hisashi Iwakuma
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.

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