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Nationals release injured reliever Tyler Walker

Nov 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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Tyler Walker pitched well for the Nationals through mid-June, posting a 3.57 ERA and 30/8 K/BB ratio in 35 innings, but missed the final three months of the season following shoulder surgery.

Based on his recovery timetable the veteran reliever could be ready to pitch again as soon as spring training, but at age 34 he’s reportedly pondering retirement and today the Nationals released Walker.

Walker didn’t make his big-league debut until age 26 and never really got settled in one place thanks to injuries and poor control.

He pitched for five teams in eight years, throwing more than 50 innings in back-to-back seasons just once, but does have a 4.23 ERA in 300 career innings and was briefly a closer for both the Giants and Rays.

If he doesn’t call it quits Walker will likely find a minor-league deal somewhere.

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