PEORIA, Ariz. — Rehabbing right-handers Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor made their spring debuts Saturday in a Triple-A game. Each worked one inning for Tacoma against El Paso (San Diego).
Walker threw only fastballs and change-ups in a 15-pitch outing while giving up one run and two hits. He was clocked from 93-96 mph before completing his work by throwing 15 more pitches in the bullpen.
“I was pumped,” said Walker, who is recovering from bursitis in his shoulder. “I was trying not to be. I was trying not to overthrow or throw too hard…I walk away happy because my arm feels good.”
Pryor required just 11 pitches to work a one-two-three inning. He hit 90-92 mph while throwing fastballs, sliders and change-ups.
“I feel I’m back to normal,” said Pryor, who underwent surgery last August to repair a torn back muscle. “I’m not having to think where my arm slot is. Or worrying about if this one is going to hurt or not.”
Both are expected to open the season on the disabled list but could be ready to rejoin the club at some point in mid-to-late April.