PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Seattle Mariners will shut down top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker for at least one week after exams revealed inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder.
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday morning the decision was made after Walker flew to Los Angeles to have a second opinion on the sore shoulder that has limited him during spring training. Walker was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache who confirmed the original diagnosis of the Mariners training staff in Arizona.
The decision could be a blow to Seattle's rotation and the expectations the Walker would take one of the spot in the back end of the rotation. American League Cy Young finalist Hisashi Iwakuma has yet to throw due to a finger injury and Walker's setback could make it difficult for him to be ready by the start of the season.