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Taijuan Walker will throw in a minor league game on Saturday

Mar 21, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

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Mariners starter Taijuan Walker will throw in a minor league game in Peoria on Saturday, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Johns adds that Walker is expected to throw 20-30 pitches over two innings against Triple-A competition.

Walker was diagnosed with inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder in late February and was promptly shut down for a week. The right-hander won’t be ready for the start of the season, but the Mariners hope he can rejoin the rotation before the end of April.

Walker, 21, impressed in three September starts last season, posting a 3.60 ERA over 15 innings. He struck out 12 and walked four.

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