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Taijuan Walker injury update: Mariners shut down Walker with shoulder problem

Taijuan Walker is having shoulder problems at Spring Training for the Seattle Mariners.
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Taijuan Walker injury news is concerning at Seattle Mariners Spring Training. The Mariners are shutting down Walker due to a shoulder injury that might be raising a lot of red flags. According to a report from the team on Friday (Feb. 28), tests have revealed inflammation in the bursa in his right shoulder. The team is now going to shut him down for the next seven days and then reevaluate how the shoulder is doing.

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The highly touted pitching prospect was already being brought along slowly in Peoria after he experienced soreness shortly after arriving in camp. They have been watching him very closely and that is why the recent testing took place. He will now take some anti-inflammatory medications to try to get things under control and the plan is for him to get another evaluation next Thursday (March 6) at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.

There are now serious questions about whether this Taijuan Walker injury update will rule him out for being on the Opening Day 25-man roster. That could be a rough way to start the season, because there are also concerns that Hisashi Iwakuma won't be back from his finger injury by then either. The good news in this situation with the No. 6 ranked prospect in Major League Baseball is that the MRIs were clean and that no structural damage was seen. The team won't be out of the woods, though, until the inflammation can be brought under control.

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