Taijuan Walker scratched from Triple-A start with arm stiffness

Taijuan Walker was unable to get loose before Tuesday's schedule start.
Taijuan Walker was unable to get loose before Tuesday's schedule start. (USATSI)

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Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker was scratched from Tuesday's scheduled Triple-A start with what is being called arm stiffness, reports Bob Dutton of the News Tribune. The team's top prospect missed time in spring training and the start of the season with a shoulder problem.

Walker, 21, had trouble getting loose during his pregame routine, according to Dutton. He was scheduled to throw 90 pitches in what would have been his third minor league rehab start. Walker figured to join the team's rotation sometime within the next week if things went well.

In three MLB starts last season, Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 15 innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) in 9 1/3 total innings in his first two rehab starts.

The Mariners are also without righty Hisashi Iwakuma, who is working his back from a finger injury.

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