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Taijuan Walker diagnosed with shoulder impingement

Apr 16, 2014, 8:01 PM EST

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Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker had to be scratched from what was supposed to be his final minor league rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Tacoma and he headed to Seattle on Wednesday for tests.

The MRI results are in, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, and Walker has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement. He will be shut down from throwing for two weeks, and can now probably be ruled out through at least mid-May.

Walker was supposed to open the 2014 season as a member of Seattle’s starting rotation, but he battled shoulder problems all spring and landed on the 15-day disabled list before Opening Day.

The 21-year-old top pitching prospect registered an impressive 2.93 ERA, 1.196 WHIP, and 10.2 K/9 in 141 1/3 innings last season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. He then made his MLB debut August 30.

  1. raysfan1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Let’s hope it does not go from “shoulder impingement” to “thoracic outlet syndrome.”

  2. jtylert - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Ahh, yes. Shoulder impingement. Just as I suspected.

  3. thisdamnbox - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Sadly, impingement seems to lead to a diagnose of a labral tear…which is very, very bad…For the kid’s sake, I sure as hell hope it’s something else.

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