Taijuan Walker Takes Important Step to Healthy Return
The New York Mets haven't let injuries to their pitching stop them from an MLB-best 12-5 start to the 2022 campaign. Although they've succeeded in the face of adversity so far, right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker's eventual return will help make life even easier for the organization.
Walker suffered a shoulder injury after pitching just two innings in his first start of the season on April 11, resulting in his placement on the 10-day injured list. The 29-year-old veteran has since taken an important step to his return, pitching in a simulated game at Busch Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Taijuan Walker Injury Update
MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported that, unless there was a setback during the simulation, Walker will likely be added to the Mets' rotation this weekend when the club plays their final two contests of their three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The hope is that Walker can pick up where he left off from his first-ever MLB All-Star campaign last season. He went 7-11 in 30 appearances (29 starts) in 2021, pitching to a 4.47 ERA and 1.182 WHIP while allowing 7.5 hits per nine innings pitched, which is his best anytime he's made at least 25 starts in a season.
The Mets' starting pitchers have combined for a 2.46 ERA so far this season, ranking third-best in the Majors. If Walker can return to form sooner than later, it's safe to say that the rotation will look even more dangerous as the season goes on — especially when Jacob deGrom returns.
The Mets' torrid start has not gone unnoticed by oddsmakers. FanDuel Sportsbook's 2022 World Series Odds currently give them the second-best chances (+750) of ending the year as champs.
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