Taijuan Walker's MRI comes back clean; Mets not yet committing to him making next start

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Taijuan Walker throws pitch in home whites third base view day game
Taijuan Walker throws pitch in home whites third base view day game

It's no secret that the Mets have been bitten by the injury bug lately, but the news on Taijuan Walker Tuesday from manager Luis Rojas was promising.

Exiting Monday’s game against Atlanta after three innings of work due to left side tightness, Walker received an MRI Tuesday, which came back clean, according to Rojas.

“So, the MRI came back clean. Taijuan feels great today,” Rojas explained. “Even before going to the MRI, he told our trainer that he felt really good. He didn’t feel anything. I did talk to Taijuan after getting the MRI, after seeing the doctor. He came to my office and said that they’re just going to watch video, pay attention to his mechanics, see if there’s anything causing this to tighten up throughout the outing, because outing to outing hasn’t been any issue. So, it’s a good thing that there’s nothing.

“We’re going to take it on a day-to-day (basis) just to see how he feels, but the main thing right now is just watching the video and seeing the movement of what could be causing this.

For now, Walker has avoided an IL stint, though Rojas would not commit to the right-hander making his next start just yet.

If Walker is healthy enough to go, the Mets could opt to start him Saturday on normal rest, or give him an extra day and have him pitch Sunday against Miami.

"It’s too soon, I think, right now,” Rojas said. “I want to stick to the day-to-day thing.”

Walker has been nothing short of outstanding for the Mets this season, pitching to a 2.05 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP in his eight starts.