Mets' Taijuan Walker to throw bullpen session Sunday, with rehab start next week if all goes well

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Taijuan Walker mid-delivery road grays in Philadelphia April 2022
Taijuan Walker mid-delivery road grays in Philadelphia April 2022

The Mets starting rotation has been the best in baseball thus far, and they may be getting back a key piece soon.

Taijuan Walker, placed on the Injured List earlier this week due to shoulder bursitis, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, and if all goes well, the next step would be a rehab start in the coming days, per the team.

Mets manager Buck Showalter said after Saturday’s game that it’s currently unclear where Walker would make his rehab start, as it could depend on the weather impacting the team’s minor league affiliates.

Showalter also said it’s unclear if Walker would need one or two rehab starts before rejoining the club.

The 29-year-old looked sharp in his season debut against Philadelphia but was limited to just two innings because of his shoulder. In those two frames of work, Walker needed just 30 pitches to retire the side in order twice, striking out four hitters in the process.

David Peterson will make the start in Walker’s place on Sunday, when the Mets wrap up their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field at 1:40 p.m.

Even with a shortened first start from Walker and Jacob deGrom still shut down due to a stress reaction in his scapula, the Mets rotation has come out of the gates on a mission, posting a league-best 1.17 ERA through nine games.

There’s still no exact timetable for when Walker will return to that rotation, but Sunday’s bullpen session should be a good test of exactly where he’s at physically.