Taijuan Walker Scratched

Stiff neck pushes Walker back

No cause for alarm, but Taijuan Walker is being pushed back a few days in the rotation, moving him out of the online "prime time" viewing schedule.

Talented kid. Kid gloves.

As reported by Jackson Generals Broadcaster and Manager of Media Relations Chris Harris on his blog today, Mariners prized phenom right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker has been scratched from tonight's scheduled start. Apparently Walker got out of bed yesterday with a stiff neck and -- with very good reason -- the club has pushed his scheduled start back to next Tuesday, the 17th, as a precaution.

Right-hander Yoervis Medina, primarily a starter last season but pitching out of the Generals bullpen to begin this season, takes the hill in Walker's place tonight. Unfortunately for Mariners fans here in the Pacific Northwest, that pushes Walker out of the MiLB.TV schedule. The shuffle going forward has the rotation like this for the Generals in the coming week:

4/15: RHP Andrew Carraway
4/16: LHP James Paxton
4/17: RHP Taijuan Walker
4/18: RHP Brandon Maurer
4/19: LHP Danny Hultzen

This isn't something to be alarmed about, and it should actually be viewed as a good thing that the big club is either, A) keeping very close tabs on his day-to-day well being, or B) making very clear to their affiliates that these prized prospects are to be handled with care.

Walker pitched five very solid innings in his Double-A debut, allowing four hits, two runs, striking out eight and walking just one.

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