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Friday, July 18, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Taijuan Walker, Blake Beavan

By on 7/18/2014 03:00:00 PM

Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker was supposed to return to the big club on Tuesday, but he will have to wait a bit longer. Walker had his start for Triple-A Tacoma delayed one night. Instead of starting Thursday, he will pitch for Tacoma Friday, pushing his return date to at least next Wednesday, maybe longer. In addition, right hander Blake Beavan started his own rehab assignment Monday, but he will move up to Tacoma Friday.

The Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton announced both moves in his Friday report. He quotes Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik describing the decision to delay Walker's promotion. Said Zduriencik,
“Taijuan just needs a little more time. He got up here this year fairly quick (after battling a shoulder injury). That was, more or less, out of necessity. What we’d like to do is have Taijuan get a few more games under his belt. But we’ll see. We haven’t made any kind of commitment.”
Walker is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two games for the Mariners after beginning the season on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder. He returned on June 30, but he then went down to get some extra work. He is 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA in his Minor League games combined.

Meanwhile, Beavan is recovering from tendinitis in his right shoulder. He started Monday for High-A Desert and will join Walker in Tacoma.
Beavan has made one start for Seattle so far, pitching four innings on April 15, before hitting the 60-day disabled list. The Mariners still have no set time to bring Beavan back to the active roster.

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