Taijuan Walker’s strong start in return a silver lining for Mets

Taijuan Walker’s strong start in return a silver lining for Mets

The bats and bullpen didn’t maintain up their ends Saturday night time, however the Mets have to be ok with what they obtained from beginning pitcher Taijuan Walker in his return from the injured listing.

The 2021 All-Star hurled 5 shutout innings in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies, his first begin in practically three weeks. Walker had posted two scoreless frames in his first outing of the season, on April 11 in Philadelphia, earlier than leaving with a shoulder harm that later was identified as bursitis.

“I felt actually good, simply the shoulder and getting by means of 5 innings lastly, and feeling good with it,” mentioned Walker, who additionally was slowed by a knee harm firstly of spring coaching. “My shoulder feels nice, my knee feels nice. I’m wanting ahead to getting again to my routine and pitching once more in 5 days.”

The 29-year-old righty mentioned Friday that his “shoulder feels model new” since he obtained an injection throughout his keep on the injured listing. He allowed two singles — by Nick Castellanos within the second and Alec Bohm within the third — and walked two on 73 pitches earlier than Trevor Could relieved him with a 1-0 result in begin the sixth.

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“I feel another outing the place I’m restricted so far as pitch-count, however I really feel like I’ll be capable to go six to seven innings and sustain with our starters proper now,” Walker mentioned. “Everybody goes deep into video games and that’s form of the objective for me proper now, to go on the market and to attempt to get deep into video games.”

Mets supervisor Buck Showalter merely is glad to have Walker, who additionally picked Castellanos off first base following his single, wholesome and out there.

“It was good to see him get again within the struggle with us,” Showalter mentioned. “It’s been robust on him, being away. It seems like hopefully he’s put himself ready to contribute.

“He had good life on his fastball, had all of his pitches, and he felt good bodily. It was a tricky choice within the fifth inning, however I needed him to get the fifth if I may. … He was near the place we needed to take him, that’s why I had a pitcher prepared in case there was a problem there, however he was in a position to end the fifth.”

Walker’s subsequent scheduled flip possible will probably be in Philadelphia subsequent weekend, which might imply his first three spread-out begins this season can be in opposition to Joe Girardi’s membership.

“I really feel like I bought like six pitches now I can throw on the market,” Walker mentioned. “I want to throw extra first-pitch strikes and get forward extra, however I feel I’m simply preserving them off steadiness. I feel I gave up like one or two hard-hit balls tonight. If I can restrict the onerous contact and hold them off-balance, I feel I can have fairly good success.”

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