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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Taijuan Walker says he's ready for rehab

By on 5/24/2014 03:47:00 PM

21-year old pitching prospect  Taijuan Walker is ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment after throwing 56 pitches over three innings in a simulated game on Friday. Walker has been injured with inflammation in his right shoulder since Spring Training. 

He started a rehab assignment with High-A High Desert on April 2. Walker looked good and was just about ready to begin pitching in the Mariners rotation. Just when it seemed like everything was on track, Walker was scratched from his rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma. General Manager Jack Zduriencik said Walker would be shut down for two weeks with a right shoulder impingement. It has been over a month since we have seen Walker pitch. He will most likely begin another minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday as reported by Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Walker told The News Tribune after pitching in a simulated game, "I think I'm ready. Everything felt good today. I didn't get tired out there. I felt strong (to the end). So I think I could have gone another inning or so. It feels good to go out there, just pitch and not worry about anything."

Walker was drafted in 2010; going into this season he was the fifth rated prospect by the MLB Prospect Watch. In 2013, he appeared in three major league games. Before his rehab assignment was cut short this season, he pitched a total of 9.1 innings and gave up seven hits along with 17 strikeouts, with an ERA of 0.96.

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