Mariners notebook: Managing Taijuan Walker’s innings in the second half could be a challenge

Jul 7, 2015, 7:40 PM | Updated: Jul 8, 2015, 10:17 am
After throwing about 145 combined innings in 2014, Taijuan Walker is on pace for a big jump this ye...
After throwing about 145 combined innings in 2014, Taijuan Walker is on pace for a big jump this year. (AP)

Taijuan Walker takes the hill tonight looking for his sixth straight win. Since May 29, Walker has gone 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA. He has not walked a batter in 27 1/3 innings, the fourth-longest streak in Mariners history behind Jamie Moyer (28 1/3), Hisashi Iwakuma (35 2/3) and Cliff Lee (38).

With Hisashi Iwakuma rejoining the rotation on Monday, Walker got bumped to Tuesday, giving him back the extra day of rest he lost when he and Roenis Elias were flipped on the last road trip. Rest and innings management could prove to be a challenge in the second half with Walker, who has already pitched 91 innings this year.

With two starts remaining before the All-Star break, Walker will be well over 100 innings at the start of the second half. Including rehab starts, simulated games and fall ball, Walker threw around 145 innings last year. Anywhere between 25-40 innings is a comfortable year-to-year innings jump depending on who you talk to.

The Mariners may need to get creative to keep Walker under either total if he continues to pitch the way he has been pitching. Something to watch in the second half.


Austin Jackson, CF
Franklin Gutierrez, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, RF
Kyle Seager, 3B
Mark Trumbo, DH
Logan Morrison, 1B
Mike Zunino, C
Chris Taylor, SS

Taijuan Walker, RHP


• We got a bit of a James Paxton update as we were told he is progressing and is now playing catch from 75 feet. He still has a long way to go but it is a positive sign that he is still throwing.

• Danny Hultzen has also been throwing for some time since being shut down with shoulder fatigue in May. This was semi-planned as the Mariners knew there would be times in his comeback this year that they would need to shut him down for a couple of weeks to keep him pitching through the year. This obviously was a longer shutdown but he is throwing bullpens and expected to throw a short simulated game in Arizona on Wednesday. If all goes well he could make a start next week in the Rookie League.

• Jesus Montero will participate in the Pacific Coast League All-Star home run derby, which will take place Monday at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb.

• I will be holding a live chat Wednesday starting at 12:45. I will not do a notebook so if you have questions, the chat will be the best place to get a response. The link to join in on the chat can be found here.

No starting pitcher.

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Partly Sunny
High 70° | Low 54°
No game today.

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Luis Torrens...
The Associated Press

Mariners catcher Luis Torrens gets a win, Seattle sweeps Tigers in DH

Catcher Luis Torrens became the first position player in Mariners history to earn a pitching win and Seattle swept a twinbill from Detroit on Tuesday.
1 day ago
Mariners Abraham Toro...
Brent Stecker

Mariners lock up 2nd AL wild card, going to Toronto for playoff series

The Seattle Mariners' return to the American League postseason after 21 years away will go down a new path rather than a familiar one.
1 day ago
Mariners Scott Servais...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Notebook: Servais on playoff roster and rotation, Julio, Haggerty

On The Scott Servais Show, the Mariners manager shared his insight on how the team is setting up for the postseason, plus updates on a few key players.
1 day ago
Mariners Sam Haggerty...
Joe Fann

Fann: Mariners will sorely miss Sam Haggerty in wild card round

Sam Haggerty’s groin injury suffered in the ninth inning of Monday’s Mariners loss to the Tigers was far more significant than the loss itself.
1 day ago
Mariners Cal Raleigh...
Brent Stecker

Teammate of Cal Raleigh raves about Mariners hero’s big leap forward

"We don't have enough time for me to give all the compliments I can give to Cal Raleigh this season," Mariners pitcher Paul Sewald told Wyman and Bob.
1 day ago
Mariners Julio Rodríguez...
Mike Salk

Salk: What separates playoff-bound Mariners from M’s teams that fell short

How did these Mariners get it right when their previous 20 teams all came short of the playoffs? Mike Salk breaks it down.
1 day ago
Mariners notebook: Managing Taijuan Walker’s innings in the second half could be a challenge