Mariners top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker was scheduled to make one final rehab start on Tuesday at Triple-A Tacoma before joining the major league starting rotation. But that plan can now be torched.
MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports that Walker had to be scratched from his start at Tacoma on Tuesday night due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder — the same joint that landed him on the disabled list at the end of spring training. Johns says Walker simply “couldn’t get loose” before the outing. The talented 21-year-old will likely be flown to Seattle for tests.
Walker posted a promising 2.93 ERA, 1.196 WHIP, and 10.2 K/9 in 141 1/3 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A, and he struck out 10 batters over five scoreless innings in a rehab outing last week.
Every player in Major League Baseball — it should be noted that four games have been postponed by rain — will sport No. 42 on Tuesday night to honor Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier.
Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets’ starting lineup against the host Diamondbacks because of minor rib cage, forearm, and knee injuries that he sustained in a collision with the outfield wall on Monday, but he will be sporting these custom cleats on the bench:
According to beat writer James Wagner of the Washington Post, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos got the stitches removed from his surgically-repaired left hand on Tuesday afternoon and has now been cleared to begin basic rehab activities.
Ramos underwent left hamate bone surgery on April 2 and is still probably at least four weeks away from returning to Washington’s active roster. Chances are it will take the backstop another several weeks after his activation to return to full strength. Hamate bone injuries are notorious for sapping power, and Ramos had some of the best batted ball distance in the majors over the past few seasons.
The 26-year-old tallied 16 home runs and 59 RBI in just 78 games last summer for the Nationals.
Tests taken Monday on the sore left wrist of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia ruled out major structural damage. He is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s series-opener against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, but ESPN’s Gordon Edes says Pedroia is aiming to return on Wednesday.
Pedroia was given a cortisone injection Monday in Boston for the painful inflammation in his left wrist.
Jonathan Herrera is starting at second base and Ryan Roberts is playing third base on Tuesday.