Taijuan Walker will get his wish.
After throwing a 56-pitch, 3-inning simulated game Friday, the Seattle Mariners’ prized young right-hander who has been shelved the entire season with a tight shoulder will progress to a minor-league rehab start with AAA Tacoma on Wednesday.
Suddenly, the finish line of a long rehab process is visible.
“I’m excited to get back out there on Wednesday and be on on my regular five-day routine again,” Walker said. “I bounced back today and I feel really good . . . I just feel normal soreness, legs sore, kinda tired, but it’s all normal.”
Walker will throw 70-75 pitches depending on how his outing goes and then move up to 85-95 in a second outing.
In three starts last September, Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 15 innings. He walked 4 and struck out 12 while allowing 11 hits.