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Taijuan Walker to make 2014 season debut on Monday

Jun 29, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT

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Taijuan Walker was expected to open 2014 as a member of the Mariners’ starting rotation, but shoulder problems threw him off in spring training and he was placed on the disabled list when Opening Day rolled around. The kid is now finally ready.

MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports that Walker, a 21-year-old right-hander who was rated a Top 10 prospect this winter by MLB.com, is scheduled to make his season debut on Monday night against the Astros. “As of now, if all goes well and it’s not official, but we’ll start Walker on Monday and a move is pending,” manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com late Saturday.

Walker debuted at the major league level in 2013, posting a 3.60 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 12/4 K/BB ratio in 15 innings (three starts). He owns a 3.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 446 strikeouts in 411 2/3 minor league innings.

The Mariners are still alive in the American League West and the American League Wild Card race with a 43-38 record and +47 run differential. If Walker meets the hype, he’ll obviously help the cause.

  1. ironcurtin64 - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Finally!

  2. tuberippin - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Guess that means Erasmo Ramirez gets the boot from the rotation. Maybe he’d be better off as a reliever, I don’t know.

    Now they just need to get James Paxton back.

    • ironcurtin64 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Agree. Romero has been really bad this year. Even during his 19 inning scoreless streak, he had a WHIP of almost 2.0. Hello Tacoma.

      • tuberippin - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        I was pulling for him to figure it out because he’s got a great changeup, but he just can’t spot his pitches the way he needs to in order to be successful.

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