Walker Rehab Attempt No. 2 Tonight

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).

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Looking forward to seeing Walker tonight.

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