ARLINGTON — Injured Mariners pitchers Taijuan Walker and also James Paxton each threw effectively in a simulated game at Globe Life Park prior to Tuesday night’s contest with the Rangers as both moved closer to rejoining Seattle’s rotation.
Paxton threw 53 pitch over three innings against teammates as part of his second sim game although returning from a strained lat muscles behind his left neck. Walker tossed 35 pitches over two innings in his 1st action against live hitters since he was de-activate in mid-April during a Minor Nfl rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma.
Paxton claimed he was ready for the next step, a Minor League treatment stint of his own. If perhaps he made two Minor Group starts and all went properly, he would be ready to rejoin the Pirates and priests in early June.
Walker is somewhat behind Paxton’s schedule, and the golf club will be extra-cautious with the 21-year-old after a spring-long trouble with his shoulder, though he looked strong Tuesday and handle his session by blowing a sizzling fastball past Cole Gillespie in which popped the mitt of catcher John Buck.
‘Everything felt excellent,’ said Walker, who’s rated the No. 6 potential customer in baseball by Baseball.com and No. 1 in the Mariners’ system. ‘My mechanics felt good, almost everything was in sync, my stability point was good. One of the biggest things I’ve been working on had been finishing more to keep pressure off my arm, and i believe I did that pretty well.’
Walker right now exaggerates his throwing motion by the end of his pitches to get more extension, and he said the results ended up being encouraging. He was also very pleased with his off-speed pitches Tuesday.
‘I put a couple curves that kind associated with hung up, but for the most part it was down,’ he said. ‘I chucked a couple really sharp people. That’s something I’ve been focusing on a lot and could be a huge message for me.’
Paxton, who went 2-0 having a 2.25 ERA in two starts before going on the DL on April 8, ended up being equally positive about what this individual hoped was a penultimate step ahead of returning to game action.
‘It became a step forward with my control and making pitches,Inch the 25-year-old lefty said. ‘I feel pretty close. I think the next step is a new rehab start, and I feel I’m ready for it, willing to get in some games and get back. It’s time to step it up and get back into that game setting, so I was starting to allow things go.’