Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker left his club in the Arizona Fall League after two starts to return home to California, club officials confirmed Sunday night in a news release.
“Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two outings,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said, “but made a personal decision that he needed to return home at this time.
“He will continue with his off-season program, and we look forward to seeing him at spring training in February.”
Walker, 22, gave up two runs in nine innings while getting no-decisions in two Fall League starts for the Surprise Saguaros. He had 11 strikeouts and two walks.
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The Mariners asked Walker to participate in the Fall League in order to supplement his workload after a shoulder injury limited him to 120 1/3 combined innings in the major and minor leagues.
Walker was 2-3 with a 2.61 ERA in eight big-league appearances, including five starts. He closed the season by limiting opponents to three runs in 13 2/3 innings in two starts.