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Mariners | Taijuan Walker shut down

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) has been shut down for at least a week after tests showed inflammation in the bursa sac of his right shoulder. Walker flew to Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 28, to have a second opinion on his sore right shoulder. "I think it's just normal throwing, what most pitchers experience at some point," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "The MRIs were clean and were good. There was no structural damage with this guy so everything is fine from that standpoint."

Fantasy Tip: There is a very realistic chance now that Walker isn't ready for the start of the regular season, and the M's will likely be cautious with their top pitching prospect. As a result, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer will likely battle for the final rotation spot if Walker isn't ready. Ramirez has more upside and probably a leg up in the competiton for those looking for under-the-radar arms in AL leagues.

2014-02-28 11:45:49 | Source: The Associated Press

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