Mets’ Taijuan Walker on good track for regular season

Mets’ Taijuan Walker on good track for regular season

PORT ST. LUCIE — Taijuan Walker pitched two innings Saturday and suspects he received’t have hassle extending to 5 for his first regular-season begin.

“I don’t suppose I will probably be at 100 pitches,” the Mets right-hander stated. “However I believe I will probably be on monitor for not less than 5 innings.”

Gradual tracked this spring after present process January surgical procedure to take away broken cartilage from his proper knee, Walker was restricted to 2 innings (20 pitches) scoreless towards the Nationals within the Mets’ 4-2 exhibition victory at Clover Park. Walker allowed one hit — on a ball that Luis Guillorme misplaced within the solar. After he was faraway from the sport, Walker stated he threw one other 20 pitches within the bullpen.

Walker was an All-Star final season, however nose-dived within the second half to complete with a 4.47 ERA. He says his knee discomfort emerged throughout offseason exercises. Among the many optimistic indicators on this present day was Walker bouncing off the mound on a fielding play.

“I simply noticed the ball and I simply sort of went after it like I usually would and made a play,” Walker stated. “It wasn’t a straightforward one, so we have been in a position to examine that field off.”

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“The knee has been nice,” Walker stated. “I haven’t been desirous about that in any respect. Bullpens, [fielding practice] with the staff now, the knee has been fully nice.”

Supervisor Buck Showalter stated he was “hopeful” Walker could be prepared for his first begin of the common season, particularly provided that groups will probably be allowed to hold 28 gamers for the primary month of the season.

David Peterson struck out 5 over 3 ²/₃ innings, but additionally allowed two earned runs on two hits and one stroll. Lane Thomas stroked a two-run homer towards Peterson within the fourth.

The lefty Peterson is predicted to start the season at Triple-A Syracuse as rotation depth, barring an harm within the rotation. Tylor Megill is one other depth possibility for the rotation. Peterson has pitched to an 8.10 ERA in his two appearances this spring.

Showalter held a 20-minute assembly on the sector earlier than the sport to implement the staff’s indicators. After the sport Showalter had a gathering scheduled to debate the potential Opening Day roster.

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