Mariners likely to shut down Taijuan Walker

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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune that right-hander Taijuan Walker “is most likely done for the year” due to workload limits.

Walker has thrown 169.2 innings at age 23, which is a jump of 40 innings compared to his overall 2013 workload between the majors and minors.

Walker’s performance has been very inconsistent, leading to a mediocre 4.56 ERA, but he’s shown flashes of brilliance at times and has an impressive 157/40 K/BB ratio. If he’s finished for the season Walker went out on a high note, tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Angels. He’s a big part of Seattle’s long-term plans and stands out as a potential 2016 breakout candidate.