Mariners calling up Taijuan Walker for Friday debut

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From Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle comes word that the Mariners will promote top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday to start at Minute Maid Park against the Astros. It’ll be his major league debut.

Walker — the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft — has registered a 2.93 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 25 starts this season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels, striking out 160 batters and issuing only 57 walks over 141 1/3 innings.

The 21-year-old right-hander has a very bright future and will be able to get his feet wet down the stretch as the Mariners finish up another disappointing campaign. Seattle entered play on Wednesday with a 59-73 record.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.