Updated (Tuesday, April 12, 4:15 p.m. EST): Taijuan Walker was officially placed on the 10-day IL with right shoulder bursitis.
New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker was cruising through two innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night before being removed due to an injury. He will now undergo an MRI on his shoulder to determine the extent of an issue the team is calling right shoulder irritation.
Taijuan Walker Injury Update
This is certainly not the news Mets fans were hoping to hear considering Walker has already been playing through knee soreness he originally suffered during spring training. The 29-year-old has also had shoulder issues before, even being forced to have Tommy John surgery during the 2018 season.
On the bright side, manager Buck Showalter did not seem worried about Walker's status at his postgame press conference. It's just a waiting game at this point. David Peterson stepped up in Walker's absence by tossing 4.0 clean innings of work before the Mets went to the bullpen.
Having a healthy Walker in the rotation moving forward would be a huge boost for a Mets team without ace Jacob deGrom available to pitch. The 10th-year pro made the All-Star game in 2021 and finished the season with a 4.47 ERA. Walker also struck out 146 batters in 159.0 innings pitched.
More updates regarding Walker's status should come out in the next few days. For now, the Mets will prepare for Tuesday night game against the Phillies with Max Scherzer on the mound. New York heads into that game as +136 underdogs on the moneyline, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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