SEATTTLE — After a sensational five innings of work down in AA Jackson during his rehabilitation start, Wednesday, manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday, that Seattle Mariners’ top prospect Taijuan Walker will be “a possibility” to fill Tuesday’s start against Texas.
Walker threw 84 pitches in Wednesday’s game over five innings. He didn’t allow a run, yielded three hits, walked none and struck out 10 Mississippi Braves. McClendon said the reports were that he pitched well, throwing all of his pitches. To Walker’s credit, he says he’s ready to go.
That’s important as the Mariners begin a stretch of 13 games in 13 days Friday, after having it pretty easy for the first 10 days to start the season. With that leisurely pace, the Mariners have been able to stick to a 4-man rotation of Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, James Paxton and Roenis Elias. With the injuries to projected starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Walker, that has been a God send.
The news that James Paxton needed to be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained lat muscle made it all more important that Walker is progressing as quickly as he is.
If not Walker, the other option seems to be righty Blake Beavan who has been pitching well in AAA Tacoma. In two starts, Beavan has pitched to a 2.08 ERA over 13 innings. He has allowed nine hits while striking out eight and walking four.