Seattle Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker is going to make another attempt at a rehabilitation outing tonight at Cheney Stadium If all goes according to plan, Walker will stay in the game for 70-75 pitches.
Walker is on the Mariners disabled list with shoulder soreness. He made one attempt at a rehab start for Tacoma earlier this season on April 15, but was scratched when he couldn’t get loose in the training room. He was shut down for a few weeks, and now he has been pitching simulated games building up to tonight’s start.
Hopefully it will all go smoothly for Walker and he can proceed with his season.
The Rainiers dropped the series-opener to Salt Lake on Tuesday, 6-1. Jordan Pries was hit for just the second time in eight Triple-A starts, allowing five runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. He was literally inches away from another good outing: with two outs and the bases loaded in the third inning, Xavier Avery just missed catching Efren Navarro‘s drive to left-center. It would have been a great grab if Avery had made the play, but instead it went for a three-run double and Salt Lake had control of the game.
Tacoma is in a real downswing right now, and it appears that some roster moves are coming. Hopefully Walker will help, and now there are reports that the Mariners are going to take a look at veteran right-handed hitter Xavier Nady. Bob Dutton’s Notebook (link below) says Nady will sign a minor league contract and play for Tacoma.
Wednesday’s game starts at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (–) against Salt Lake LHP Brooks Raley (0-2, 11.37).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has all of the latest on James Paxton and Taijuan Walker. He also reports that Rainiers reliever Stephen Pryor is going on Tacoma’s disabled list with a shoulder impingement.
- The Mariners fell behind the Angels and never came back on Tuesday night.
- It’s been a crazy month in the PCL, and here is a recap of some of the strangeness.
- El Paso had trouble getting home from Tacoma and then lost to Las Vegas, 8-5. Vegas ended its six-game losing streak. More good news for Vegas: star pitcher Noah Syndergaard‘s MRI came back “clean.“
- Sacramento used one big inning to beat Albuquerque, 5-4.
- Reno obliterated Fresno, 13-0.
- Colorado Springs starter Tyler Matzek tossed 7.2 shutout innings and hit a homer in a 2-0 win at Nashville. The Nashville paper is catching up with some old Sounds players and coaches during the final season at Greer Stadium – this is an interesting one on Leon Roberts.
- Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco returned last night, but his RedHawks got hammered by Omaha 9-1.
- New Orleans lefty Andrew Heaney got credit for a one-hit shutout in a rain-shortened 9-0 win at Round Rock.
- Baseball America has its daily minor league round-up.
Looking forward to seeing Walker tonight.