Taijuan Walker scratched from rehab start with shoulder stiffness

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

I feel numb. Right now, we don't know what exactly this is, but we all fear the worst. And while fearing the worst, I can't bring myself to feel anything more than nothing. Not anger, not sadness—just nothing. This is awful.

Right now, just a 45 minute drive south, Taijuan Walker is probably sitting in Tacoma's clubhouse feeling something else—a little angry, and probably even more scared.

After overcoming what had been called just "bursitis," and making two rehab starts, Taijuan Walker has been pulled from his scheduled and heavily-promoted start down in Tacoma.

Shannon Drayer shared the news first:

Rainiers broadcaster has the most detail, which is still not much:

It's hard to say if that's better or worse. Walker hurt enough that he could tell before even throwing that things weren't right. Then again, maybe he was being extra cautious and held back before he could do any serious damage.

Word is that Walker will be re-evaluated tomorrow, and the organization will take things from there.

It's easy to be hopeful—or maybe it's easy to be in denial. This is Taijuan Walker we're talking about, long the Mariners best prospect. We already watched Hultzen go down, and though Paxton has been beyond impressive during his time in the bigs, he's hurting now too. But we always had Walker in the deck, only barely slowed by simple bursitis. I mean, Felix had bursitis too, and he was fine.

The thing is, we've heard this "couldn't get loose" bit before.

Again, it's impossible not to fear the worst.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Lookout Landing

You must be a member of Lookout Landing to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lookout Landing. You should read them.

Join Lookout Landing

You must be a member of Lookout Landing to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lookout Landing. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker