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Taijuan Walker shut down with shoulder inflammation

Feb 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Taijuan Walker AP

It’s a bad day for top prospects and injuries. First the Cardinals aren’t ready to put Oscar Taveras into a game because his ankle isn’t fully healed and now the Mariners announced that Taijuan Walker will be shut down for at least a week after an exam revealed shoulder inflammation.

Walker complained of shoulder soreness two weeks ago, but then threw a bullpen session last week and said afterward that he “felt great.” He was sent to Los Angeles to meet with a doctor anyway and now his status for Opening Day is in question, with manager Lloyd McClendon predictably saying the team plans to be very cautious because “we’re not just talking about 2014, we’re hopefully talking about the next 15 years.”

Hisashi Iwakuma is already out for 4-6 weeks with a finger injury, so the Mariners’ rotation is suddenly in flux.

  1. leylandshospicenurse - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Looking good for Ervin Santana

    • cackalackyank - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Darn. You beat me to it.

  2. karlkolchak - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Finger AND shoulder? All he needs now is elbow inflammation to hit the pitching injury trifecta.

  3. mmason0071 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Another one bites the dust. Shoulder soreness after he has barely played catch yet does not sound like a good sign. Their top rookie prospect last year, Danny Hultzen, had a little shoulder soreness at last year’s spring training. They gave him some rest, a little more rest, and then he still needed major shoulder surgery and won’t be back for another year at best. The curse of the Mariner’s.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Mariners’ success with top prospects continues…Smoak, Ackley, Montero, Guitierrez, not to mention Pineda, now Walker. I am hard pressed to think of a team with more top prospects and a lower rate of success with them

    • yahmule - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Seager and Miller and Paxton on the other side of the ledger, but they’ve had their share of flameouts. Obviously way too soon to draw any conclusions about Walker’s run of bad luck.

  5. 12thmanseattle - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    This scares me. Not only because he’s hurt but because that now puts Jack Z in a position to be forced to make a move, and with his history of horrendous talent evaluation this can’t go well for us. With our luck we’ll trade Franklin, Smoak, Zunino and they’ll all be all stars within 4 years for a pitcher who’s gone in a year or 2

  6. disgracedfury - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    This again shows that just because you have a great farm doesn’t always bring results.I remember the Royals having 9 prospects in the Baseball America top 100.That was three years ago and none have helped the Royals.

    You have to do what the Cardinals do and have a mixture of great prospects but also some big free agents.

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