Did you hear that collective sigh of relief, coming down from Safeco Field and up from Peoria, Arizona?
That was Mariners personnel and fans after learning that Taijuan Walker‘s first bullpen session of the spring went off without a hitch.
Last week, Walker’s first bullpen was pushed back because he had shoulder stiffness while doing some long-tossing.
That prompted quite a bit of concern. The shoulder is always trouble. We all saw what happened with Danny Hultzen last season. We all know the recent history of this franchise.
Thank goodness Walker’s issue appears to be a very minor thing. He only threw fastballs today, but reports from Arizona (first link below) indicate that he felt just fine.
For a lot of us who got to see Walker pitch in Tacoma last season, watching him work his way through his first Major League season is one of the most fun things to look forward to this year. Here’s hoping he maintains good health.
- We’ll start with a first-hand account of Taijuan Walker‘s bullpen session.
- Ryan Divish caught up with former Rainiers reliever Danny Farquhar and got his thoughts on being bumped from the closer role.
- Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated spent some time with Robinson Cano at his home in the Dominican and filed this story.
- Veteran Scott Baker is the wild card in the battle to make the Mariners starting rotation.
- Justin Smoak and the Mariners settled on a contract for 2014 without going to arbitration. Smoak feels that the first base job is his to lose.
- From The News Tribune, here’s Bob Dutton’s Monday Mariners notebook.
Coming Wednesday: a look at the Tacoma Rainiers outfield situation.