Taijuan Walker completes rehab start as he nears Mets return

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

Taijuan Walker, who has been on the IL since April 12 due to bursitis in his right shoulder, made a rehab start on Wednesday in extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla. as he nears a return.

Walker tossed 3.0 scoreless innings while allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing 45 pitches.

Walker will rejoin the Mets in Arizona for their series that begins on Friday night. The Mets will then decide whether Walker is ready to rejoin the rotation or whether he'll need a second rehab start.

Walker was placed on the IL after leaving his first start of the season on April 11 after just 2.0 innings due to the shoulder issue, and he is eligible to be activated on April 22.

In addition to leaving his first start of the regular season early, Walker also left his final spring training start after just 1.0 inning due to a knee issue. So he was in need of building up his innings and stamina before returning.

David Peterson has been filling in for Walker. The lefty tossed 4.0 strong innings in relief of Walker on April 11, and fired 4.1 scoreless innings in Walker's rotation spot on Sunday.

Peterson's spot in the rotation is set to come up again on April 22, though Walker's first start back won't be until April 25 at the earliest.