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Mariners confirm Taijuan Walker has left team in Arizona Fall League

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.

The Mariners asked Walker to participate in the Fall League in order to supplement his workload after a shoulder injury limited him to 1201/3 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 132/3 innings in two starts.

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