It’s not yet time to completely exhale on the Taijuan Walker front.
But Walker had what he called “a big smile on my face” as he walked into the clubhouse this morning after he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session as he tries to recover from a shoulder bursitis issue.
Media were not allowed to watch, as manager Lloyd McClendon said he didn’t want it to turn into “a sideshow.”
But Walker reported that “it went really well” and that he was able to “get after it” with the last 10 or so pitches. All were fastballs.
“Just throwing normal, really,” he said of the session. “I just wanted to go out there and throw like my normal self again, like I know how to throw, free and easy.”
Depending on how he feels, he’ll have a light throwing session tomorrow with the plan to work up to a 40-pitch bullpen that would include breaking balls in a few days.
Walker said he can’t yet put an ETA on when he might be able to step on a mound in a game, saying he is taking it “day by day.”
But today, at least, appeared a step in the right direction.