Aug 30, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (27) walks off the field during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners' Taijuan Walker shut down for a week


Both Hisashi Iwakuma and pitching prospect Taijuan Walker started out Spring Training by getting injured. Iwakuma is being further examined today, and the young Walker is being shut down.

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that an exam on the 21-year old right-hander revealed shoulder inflammation. The move is seen as precautionary, but manager Lloyd McClendon did not sound entirely optimistic about Walker’s chance to start the season on the active roster.

Dutton also reports that McClendon said that the MRIs revealed no structural damage, and are officially diagnosing the problem as “minor inflammation in the right shoulder.” Walker had been slated to fit in third behind ‘King’ Felix Hernandez and Iwakuma. With Hernandez being the only healthy pitcher of the three, the club is looking at this as an opportunity for other young pitchers to step up. There have been no further talks of pursuing another free agent starter, such as Ervin Santana, as a result of this news.

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