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Taijuan Walker makes first spring start

Mar 22, 2014, 11:55 PM EST

Taijuan Walker AP

Mariners starter Taijuan Walker made his first start of the spring against the Padres’ Triple-A squad in Peoria on Saturday. He allowed a run on two hits in one inning of work. The right-hander was shut down earlier this spring with inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Walker threw only fastballs and change-ups. The fastball ranged from 93 to 96 MPH while the change-up sat in the mid-80’s. After he exited the game, Walker threw an additional 15 pitches in the bullpen.

Overall, Walker was happy with how the day went.

“This one was almost like a tester game to see how it felt,” he said. “All that other stuff will come. I felt like my fastball location was pretty good. It’s not where I want it, but I’m happy with it.”

But it’s the lack of pain or stiffness in his shoulder that is the best result of the outing.

“I just walk away happy because my arm feels good,” he said.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Hmm, are we sure you want someone called Walker pitching for your team?

    • Reflex - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:08 AM

      In an ideal world he’d have a designated reliever, namely, Grant Balfour.

      • gloccamorra - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        If he’s followed by Burke Badenhop, runs might score on the play.

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