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April 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

UPDATE: Taijuan Walker won’t pitch tonight because of shoulder stiffness

TACOMA — Taijuan Walker was scratched from his minor-league rehab start for Class AAA Tacoma because of stiffness in his shoulder. He told Tacoma’s coaches and training staff that he just couldn’t get loose before Tuesday’s game.

“He said he doesn’t feel comfortable,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “I can’t say what the whole issue is, but what he said is, ‘I just feel stiff. I don’t feel I can get loose.’”

Zduriencik said Walker felt great in his workout on Monday but showed up to the ballpark on Tuesday feeling in stiffness in the same shoulder that forced him to miss the majority of spring training because of shoulder bursitis. When asked how concerning Walker’s setback was, Zduriencik said, “It gets your attention. I think that would be the easiest way to say it.” He also said the Mariners would error on the side of caution with Walker.

Walker struck out 17 batters in just 9 1/3 innings in his two minor-league rehab starts, but the Mariners wanted him to  pitch more innings because of the time he missed in spring training.

Walker was in consideration to start Tuesday’s game in Texas for the big-league club, but the Mariners opted to go with Blake Beavan while Walker made at least one more minor-league start. The thinking all along has been to have Walker join the Mariners at a point when he has no limitations, and Zduriencik drove home that point again Tuesday.

There was some thought that Walker could have rejoined the Mariners had he successfully made Tuesday’s start for the Rainiers, but Zdurienzik said, “That might be a little premature….I don’t think anybody was in a hurry to get him there. What we want is when he’s ready to be there…None of us were expecting him to come here tonight expecting to make a decision on whether he pitches good or bad whether or not he’s going to the big leagues.”

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