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Taijuan Walker scratched from rehab start at AAA Tacoma with more shoulder discomfort

Apr 15, 2014, 8:23 PM EDT

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Mariners top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker was scheduled to make one final rehab start on Tuesday at Triple-A Tacoma before joining the major league starting rotation. But that plan can now be torched.

MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports that Walker had to be scratched from his start at Tacoma on Tuesday night due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder — the same joint that landed him on the disabled list at the end of spring training. Johns says Walker simply “couldn’t get loose” before the outing. The talented 21-year-old will likely be flown to Seattle for tests.

Walker posted a promising 2.93 ERA, 1.196 WHIP, and 10.2 K/9 in 141 1/3 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A, and he struck out 10 batters over five scoreless innings in a rehab outing last week.

  1. thisdamnbox - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    They’re going to “likely [fly him] to Seattle for tests?” Not for nothin’ but it might be a lot quicker to drive him to Seattle for tests. I know our traffic is legendary, but sheesh…Scratch Walker for 2014. This isn’t looking good.

  2. shawnuel - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    DAMMITTTTTT!

  3. beastmode5150 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Mariners are cursed.

  4. bigguy54 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    I wonder how that would work to fly him to Seattle? Drive to Seattle Tacoma Int Airport, go through security, knowing he is smart enough to not say he has a bomb. Take off, land, then drive the 15 mins to Seattle. Seems like a lot of extra time and expense instead of just driving him the 20 mins. I know I am being a smart ass, but I love when reporters don’t do their homework, and do a cursory look at where the player is compared to where the team is.

    • Reflex - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      Man, I was rolling. Thanks for that. I mean, maybe they could fly from SeaTac to Boeing Field, it is closer to Safeco….

      • bigguy54 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        After I wrote this, I thought, maybe they can fly him to Boeing Field. This is like the 49’er fans putting a billboard up in Fife, makes no sense.

    • illbarry - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:11 AM

      Who wrote this article because they have no clue what they are talking about. The Tacoma, Washington Rainer’s the triple A farm club of the Seattle Mariners are in town 30 miles south of Seattle and the Mariners are going to need to fly him to Seattle???!!! HUH????? Walker also was not expected to be on the road trip or make a start at all because on the road tip because after this start ( tonight ) there would only be one day left before he was scheduled to start again fly across the country for one day and fly back, and he would also have to bat in the game because it would be an interleague road game, a chance the Mariners are not going to take. Walker is only 21 and they are very cautious with him the same way they were with Felix at the same age.

    • illbarry - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:16 AM

      Fly him from SeaTac back to SeaTac!!! Or from Boeing field where the charters take off from back to Being field. Maybe they could drive him from Tacoma to Everett and fly him from Paine field to SeaTac and then drive him back to Seattle!!!

  5. illbarry - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    Who wrote this article because they have no clue what they are talking about. The Tacoma, Washington Rainer’s the triple A farm club of the Seattle Mariners are in town 30 miles south of Seattle and the Mariners are going to need to fly him to Seattle???!!! HUH????? Walker also was not expected to be on the road trip or make a start at all because on the road tip because after this start ( tonight ) there would only be one day left before he was scheduled to start again fly across the country for one day and fly back, and he would also have to bat in the game because it would be an interleague road game, a chance the Mariners are not going to take. Walker is only 21 and they are very cautious with him the same way they were with Felix at the same age.

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