The Mariners made a roster move today, activating pitcher Taijuan Walker from the 15-day disabled list and optioning him to Class AAA Tacoma.
Walker pitched five innings last night, giving up two runs on four hits with a walk and a hit by pitch in Memphis. The two runs were scored on solo homers from Greg Garcia and Thomas Pham.
Not sure how the time frame works with Walker being scratched earlier in his rehab process, but his 30 day limit on rehab outings was nearing. Realistically, if the Mariners wanted to call him up to pitch Saturday in Erasmo Ramirez’s place, they could still do that.
But the question is whether or not he’s ready to pitch in the big leagues after just two rehab starts. He isn’t a veteran like Hisashi Iwakuma, who was able to turn around his rehab session quickly. Also Walker is recovering from a shoulder issues, which should be a concern. The Mariners have been ultra careful in his recovery thus far. They probably aren’t going to stray from the philosophy.
Yes, the Mariners have a hole at the No. 5 spot in the rotation this season. But they have to think beyond this season with Walker because he’s part of the team’s future.
Class AAA Tacoma
The Rainiers got the game-winning hit from Ty Kelly in the top of the 12th to old on for a 3-2 win.
- Here’s the blog from wayward traveler Mike Curto
Class AA Jackson
The Generals committed two critical errors late in a 6-5 loss to Birmingham. Ji-Man Choi went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his first game back from a 50-game suspension. Patrick Kivlehan had two hits. From the report: Ketel Marte went 0-for-4 yesterday, snapping his hit streak at 13 games. During the streak he hit .333 (19×57) with 9 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 8 RBI, 1 walk and 2 stolen base
Class A High Desert
Travis Witherspoon hit a pair of homers, but the Mavericks still lost 9-7 to Stockton. DJ Peterson had two hits, including a homer in the loss.
From the report: D.J. Peterson has hit 11 of his 13 home runs this season in his last 28 games (since 5/11). Peterson has hit safely 13 of his last 15 games, batting .387 (24×62) with 13 runs scored, 8 doubles, 5 home runs, 18 RBI, 7 walks and 1 stolen base. Since May 8, he is batting .338 (44×130) with 26 runs scored, 13 doubles, 11 home runs, 38 RBI, 12 walks and 2 stolen bases. During this stretch he has raised his season batting average from .267 to .306. OF Travis Witherspoon has hit safely in all 9 games he has appeared in June,
batting .459 (17×37) with 10 runs scored, 4 doubles, 4 home runs, 7 RBI, 3 walks and 3 stolen bases.
Class A Clinton
The LumberKings lost 4-3 to Wisconsin. It was their sixth straight loss.
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