The Diamondbacks placed Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation, per a team announcement on Sunday. The move was expected after Walker exited Saturday’s outing against the Dodgers with forearm tightness in the second inning. While the righty told reporters he felt fine following the game, he’s now expected to undergo an MRI on Monday to assess any undiagnosed damage.
Walker, 25, said he initially felt some discomfort in his arm during the first inning of Saturday’s eventual 9-1 win. He scaled back the velocity on his pitches and consulted manager Torey Lovullo before making an early exit from the game. “I didn’t really want to push it and make things worse,” Walker said after the game. “I could have stepped on it and kept going, but I was just kind of babying it a little bit. I didn’t want to do anything dumb and make it worse.”
It’s not unusual for forearm tightness and inflammation to be precursors of significant elbow injuries, but nothing concrete will be revealed before Walker undergoes further tests on Monday. In a corresponding move, the club recalled reliever Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno. The 25-year-old righty has seen mixed results through his first three appearances of 2018, with five runs, a home run, a walk and nine strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings.