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Mariners demote Taijuan Walker to Triple-A

Jul 9, 2014, 5:22 PM EST

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Seattle has optioned right-hander Taijuan Walker back to Triple-A, but it looks like the move might be more about keeping the 21-year-old rookie on his normal schedule rather than any sort of performance-based demotion.

Walker has had one good start and one bad start since joining the rotation after missing the beginning of the season with shoulder problems, and he’s got a 3.60 ERA in five career starts as a big leaguer dating back to his debut last season.

He can either make one start at Triple-A or just hang out in Tacoma over the All-Star break, and then return to the majors for the beginning of the second half.

To take Walker’s roster spot the Mariners called up reliever Stephen Pryor from Triple-A, where the 24-year-old right-hander had a 4.91 ERA and 24/16 K/BB ratio in 26 innings.  He’s also had some shoulder problems, so expect Pryor to be used in a low-leverage role initially.

  1. shawnuel - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Actually, I would hope it would be to scrap his new delivery and go back to what worked for him in the past. He is too upright in his follow through and has ditched his 12/6 curve for a nominally effective splitter. He just hasn’t been the same guy since last season.

  2. rawdog2013 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Yeah, this move is really gonna help.

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