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99 Taijuan Walker SP

Seattle Mariners

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May 27, 2020 02:00 AM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Present for restart of workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker was one of several Mariners present at the team's spring complex in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday for informal workouts, Greg Johns of reports.

The Mariners became the latest team to start welcoming players back into either their home or spring facilities Tuesday, allowing them to work out in groups of three for two-hour windows. Walker was able to play catch and run under staff supervision, and johns notes the team has instructed to players to keep their volume and intensity at a "winter workout level" for the time being until there is more clarity on a possible 2020 season. Before spring training was suspended, the veteran right-hander had built up some momentum for what was to be a comeback season of sorts, displaying good velocity and also flashing a new spiked curve that was good enough to strike out the Brewers' Christian Yelich in Walker's one spring start.

April 16, 2020 01:28 AM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Encouraging performance in spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker impressed this spring with his velocity and performance in his one Cactus League start, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

The veteran right-hander signed shortly after spring camp opened and was treated cautiously by the Mariners after undergoing Tommy John surgery and dealing with a sprained shoulder capsule over the last two seasons. Walker was primarily limited to live batting practices and simulated games, but he flashed a mid-90s fastball and struck out Christian Yelich with his new spiked curve during his one spring start against the Brewers. Walker will head into any ramp-up period before the delayed start to the regular season with a seemingly secure grasp on the No. 3 spot in the rotation.

March 10, 2020 10:00 PM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Impresses in first spring start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker started a Cactus League loss to the Brewers on Monday and allowed an earned run on four hits and a wild pitch across three innings. He struck out four.

The deliberate approach the Mariners took with Walker to start spring was seemingly validated in Monday's start, as the oft-injured right-hander looked impressive while facing big-league hitters in a Mariners uniform for the first time since September 2016. Daniel Kramer of reports Walker's appearance got off to an inauspicious start with a leadoff home run by Lorenzo Cain. However, the right-hander impressively rebounded and ultimately struck out both Cain and Christian Yelich -- the latter on a new spike curveball -- during his 43-pitch outing. Kramer adds that Walker's velocity topped out at 95 mph, a sign that both his previously troublesome elbow and shoulder are in fine shape. Manager Scott Servais was impressed with the new version of the breaking pitch that Walker deployed, talking it up as a weapon his likely No. 5 starter could find consistent success with. "Taijuan's curve is quite a bit different," Servais said. "We talked about some mechanical changes that he's made. He's shortened up his arm stroke. He always had a good curveball. This one is much more consistent. It's got more bite and more finish to it."

March 6, 2020 02:52 PM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Feels good after latest outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker reported no ill effects after throwing 31 pitches in an intersquad game Wednesday, Greg Johns of reports.

The right-hander has taken very deliberate steps all spring in an effort to ensure he's fully ready for his first taste of Cactus League action. Given Walker got through his latest test without issues, the veteran is now likely to make his spring debut against the Brewers on Monday, with official confirmation likely to come within the coming days.

March 5, 2020 01:52 AM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Perfect in intersquad start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker retired all seven batters he faced in an intersquad "B" game Wednesday, Greg Johns of reports.

The outing was yet another step in the slow walking of Walker's development this spring, as the Mariners have opted to be cautious with the veteran right-hander after he missed most of the last two seasons with injuries. Walker threw 31 pitches overall in Wednesday's outing, which likely served as his final tune-up before making his first Cactus League start early next week. "Finally, I feel like I can be aggressive now," Walker said. "When I step out there I feel good and can let it loose. I don't have any worries, nothing in the back of my head about my shoulder or elbow or anything like that. It makes it a lot easier to pitch and a lot more fun."

March 2, 2020 10:40 AM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Will pitch in intersquad game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker will pitch in an intersquad game Wednesday rather than pitching against the Angels in the Cactus League, Greg Johns of reports.

Walker was expected to make his Cactus League debut this week, but the Mariners will instead opt to use him in their intersquad game Wednesday. The right-hander has thrown several times already during spring training, and it appears as though he could win a spot in the major-league rotation to begin the regular season.

February 28, 2020 06:12 PM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: First spring start next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker will make his Cactus League debut sometime next week, Greg Johns of reports.

He threw well in Friday's two-inning simulated game but was not quite as sharp as he was in his previous outing, according to manager Scott Servais. The skipper said Walker needs to get into game action, and that he will get his chance sometime in the middle of next week. Walker is on track to make Seattle's rotation.

February 25, 2020 09:52 AM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Schedule slightly altered
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker, who was slated to make his first Cactus League start Thursday against the Giants, will instead pitch in a simulated game Friday, Greg Johns of reports. "We'll bump him back," manager Scott Servais said. "We'll probably do one more live up-down before we slide him into the regular 'A' game rotation. I thought he threw well on the backfields today. He felt good coming out of it, so he'll continue building on that."

The right-hander is being treated with an abundance of caution after shoulder and elbow injuries wiped out most of his last two seasons. Johns adds that Walker could potentially pitch in a "B" game Friday as well. Walker got through two innings of live batting practice Monday without issues.

February 23, 2020 01:28 AM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Solid in first live BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker was solid in his first live batting practice session of spring Friday, Greg Johns of reports. "I thought he looked pretty good," manager Scott Servais said. "Taijuan has changed a few things mechanically. He's cleaned up his arm stroke, so he's made some adjustments there."

This spring is a particularly relevant one for the 27-year-old right-hander, who is trying to come back from two injury-marred seasons. Walker did take a hard comebacker off his leg during the session, but he worked through it and threw his full allotment of pitches. Walker is considered to have a good opportunity at a back-end rotation spot as long as he's able to prove his fitness this spring.

February 16, 2020 12:12 PM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Solid in first bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker looked strong in his first bullpen session of camp Saturday, Greg Johns of reports.

The veteran right-hander just returned to the organization where he got his start, and he's considered a legitimate candidate for the No. 5 starter job. While a bullpen session is essentially the most preliminary of tests for a pitcher coming back from a pair of injury-marred seasons, it certainly lends some reason for optimism as camp begins. Walker was limited to 14 innings across four appearances over the last two campaigns with the Diamondbacks due to shoulder problems and Tommy John surgery.

February 12, 2020 07:20 PM
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Returns to Seattle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker returned to the Mariners on a one-year, $2 million deal Wednesday, Jeff Passan of reports.

Walker spent the first seven years of his professional career in the Mariners' organization before being traded to Arizona following the 2016 season. He's thrown just 14 big-league innings over the last two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, but he's found himself a soft landing spot where starts should be easy to come by. Don't expect the 27-year-old to handle a particularly heavy workload in his first full season back on the mound, but his respectable 3.95 career ERA is good enough to make him a fine budget fantasy option.

December 2, 2019 07:00 PM
Taijuan Walker: Non-tendered by Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker will become a free agent after being non-tendered by the Diamondbacks on Monday, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

Walker missed nearly the entire 2019 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, firing one scoreless inning on the final day of the regular season. He could fight for a rotation spot wherever he ends up, assuming he stays healthy.

September 30, 2019 08:40 PM
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Tosses scoreless frame
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker allowed a hit and struck out one batter during a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over San Diego.

Walker made his 2019 debut during Arizona's 162nd and final contest of the season. He threw 11 of 15 pitches for strikes as the team's opener with his fastball sitting around 92-92 mph. The 27-year-old should have a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation to start next season after he successfully returned from Tommy John surgery.

September 28, 2019 07:36 AM
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Will open Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker (shoulder) will open Sunday's game against the Padres and is set to throw one inning, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Walker is set to make his 2019 season debut on the final day of the regular season, as he's finally been cleared to return after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of 2018. A right shoulder capsule sprain in May slowed his return.

September 27, 2019 01:04 AM
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Could open Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker (elbow, shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

If all goes well Thursday, the plan appears to be for Walker to open Sunday's season finale against the Padres with left-hander Alex Young coming in as the primary starter. Walker was expected to have a midseason return from Tommy John elbow surgery, but a right shoulder capsule sprain in mid-May delayed his eventual return. He's now hoping to throw an inning or two in a major-league game before the end of the season.

September 26, 2019 06:32 AM
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Hoping to return over weekend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker (elbow/shoulder) is hoping to pitch during Arizona's upcoming series against the Padres, which begins Friday, Jack Magruder of the Associated Press reports.

Walker has been sidelined all season while working his way back from elbow and shoulder injuries. With the Diamondbacks eliminated from playoff contention, it sounds like the team will try and get Walker into a game before the end of the season, assuming everything goes off without a hitch during his scheduled bullpen session Thursday.

September 24, 2019 01:44 PM
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Throws sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker (elbow, shoulder) threw a 20-pitch simulated game Monday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Walker will be evaluated Tuesday to determine how he responds to the session, which could serves as the final step before a potential return from the injured list. The right-hander has participated in a series of bullpen sessions during September in hopes of throwing at least one inning in a major-league game this season. With the Diamondbacks being eliminated from postseason contention with a loss to the Cardinals on Monday, the club may be more inclined to activate Walker and let him pitch this week.

September 15, 2019 09:12 AM
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Another bullpen scheduled
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker (elbow, shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.

Walker is working hard to put himself in position to throw in a real game. Tuesday's session will be the third bullpen in the last week. The Diamondbacks have just 14 games remaining, and manager Torey Lovullo is uncertain if he'll be ready before the end of the season.

September 14, 2019 01:56 PM
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Works in bullpen again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker (elbow, shoulder) threw a 22-pitch bullpen session Friday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

This was Walker's second bullpen session of the week, and it included fastballs and changeups. Manager Torey Lovullo said the team will determine the next steps for the right-hander, who is hoping to get back to pitch at least an inning in a major-league game.

September 11, 2019 05:48 AM
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Throws bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker (elbow, shoulder) threw a 14-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

This marked Walker's first bullpen session in four months, and it went well. He threw only fastballs and said he felt normal doing so, giving Walker hope that he can throw an inning in the regular season. "If I can get in there and just, kind of, for myself, mentally, and know, hey, I can still go out there and compete, know that everything is working good," he said. "And I can go into the offseason feeling good about the last two years of the work I've been putting in to get back." Manager Torey Lovullo said Monday the "window might be closing" for Walker to return during the regular season, so the right-hander may have to settle on a different setting for that inning of work.

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