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Taijuan Walker Recalled, Starting Series Opener Against Houston

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Right-hander Taijuan Walker is key part of the second half of the season for the Seattle Mariners. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right-hander Taijuan Walker is key part of the second half of the season for the Seattle Mariners. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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(1090 The Fan) — After battling a shoulder injury since Spring Training, Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker is finally coming back to the mound at the Major League level.

The Mariners recalled Walker from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday and have named him the starting pitcher for Monday night’s series opener against the Astros in Houston.

The 21-year-old right-handed starter was put on the disabled list at the end of March due to a right shoulder impingement. He had a pair of rehabilitation assignments to the minor leagues, then was recalled and activated from the 15-day DL and optioned to Tacoma on June 10.

In six starts with the Rainiers, Walker was 2-1, 4.11 (30.2 IP, 14 ER). He named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 23-29.

Walker made his Major League debut in 2013, making three starts for Seattle and posting a 1-0, 3.60 (15.0 IP, 6 ER) mark. His win came in his Major League debut, Aug. 30 at Houston, when he allowed 1 un-earned run in 5.0 innings to defeat the Astros.

To make room on the 25-man roster, outfielder Stefen Romero was optioned to Tacoma. In 51 games, the 25-year-old hit .196 with three home runs and 11 RBI.

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