Plans called for right-hander Taijuan Walker, the Mariners' top prospect, to return to the mound Thursday for his first bullpen workout since his seven-day shutdown earlier this month because of bursitis in his shoulder.
Manager Lloyd McClendon said it would be a "private" session away from the media.
"I just don’t want to turn this into a sideshow," McClendon said. "I just want him to get his regular work in. He’s doing fine. I understand the inquiries about him and wondering about his health. But he’s fine. He needs to just go back to being one of the regular guys.
"TV cameras and reporters in there for his bullpen session, he doesn’t need that right now. He just needs to get back in his groove. So we’ll divert you guys (to) other places. I’ll give you something else to do. I’ll give you a big story. How about that?"
And what big story is that?
"I don’t have it yet," McClendon said.
McClendon said plans call for Walker to throw 25 pitches, all fastballs, in his session.
"His next one will be, probably, 40 (pitches)," McClendon said, "with some breaking balls."