Injured Seattle Mariners pitchers James Paxton and Taijuan Walker have both been cleared to play catch, as reported yesterday by Seattle Mariners beat writer Bob Dutton. Both pitchers are not expected back before late May but this is still encouraging news. Paxton and Walker are what Seattle hopes to be mainstays in their rotation for years to come. They are both young, Paxton being 25 and Walker being just 21.
#Mariners say two injured pitchers — LH James Paxton (Friday) and RH Taijuan Walker (Monday) — have been cleared to start playing catch.
— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) April 23, 2014
After a bumpy stint in Triple-A last year, Walker was expected to compete for a job in that starting rotation during Spring Training. Shoulder soreness led to him being shut down for what was originally supposed to be a week and he has only made two starts between Single-A and Double-A earlier this month. His last start was three weeks ago on April 9th, when he threw 5 innings and struck out 10. The future is bright as long as he stays healthy.
James Paxton won his spot in the rotation right out of Spring Training and in his two starts did not disappoint. Before he strained his lat muscle he had struck out 13 batters in 12 innings pitched. The Mariners hope to get him back as soon as possible, as he is obviously MLB ready but needs more experience.
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