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Taijuan Walker injury update: Seattle Mariners give Walker Minor League start

Taijaun walker made his return to the mound on Tuesday for the Mariners (March 25).
Taijaun walker made his return to the mound on Tuesday for the Mariners (March 25).
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Taijuan Walker injury news has the starting pitcher making his first Minor League start since being sidelined early in Spring Training. The Seattle Mariners put Walker on the mound against players from the Triple-A Tacoma squad on Tuesday night (March 25), helping him make that next step toward returning to the 25-man roster. He wasn't impressive in his debut, throwing 48 pitches, getting six outs, and allowing four runs to score. That wasn't the point, though, as he just needs to get more work to strengthen his pitching arm.

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Speaking about his first appearance since the beginning of March, Walker stated, "My arm felt good; I just got tired. But that's to be expected. I used my legs a lot today, which was a good sign. I wanted to use more legs, less arm. But my arm felt great." He elaborated when talking about the command of his pitches, stating that, "Ehhh, it was all right. Could be better. But it's something to work on. Again, my arm feels good, so I'll take the positives. It was my first time throwing the curveball, and I thought it was pretty good. It felt good coming out of my hand. A couple of them I got behind on, but for the most part I felt pretty good."

It's good news for the organization and the fans that the Taijuan Walker injury may be a thing of the past now. It was very worrisome when the training staff revealed that he was experiencing soreness in his arm after just one throwing session in camp, but trainer Rick Griffin has been keeping a close eye on him ever since. The plan is to have him appear in another Minor League game on Sunday (March 30) to try to extend his stamina on the mound. The expectation is that he will pitch four or five innings and work to get back to a point where the team can put him back on the big club.

At this point it appears that Walker will be placed on the disabled list as Opening Day approaches and that his spot in the starting rotation will be covered by one of Blake Beavan, Roenis Elias, or Hector Noesi.

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