For those wondering why Tyler Walker's name rarely came up here in the spring-long bullpen battle, consider this:
Walker was released by the Mariners today.
At 32, with a little closing experience and six big-league seasons behind him, Walker signed as a free agent in January.
In February and March, however, minor injuries - to his thigh and then upper back - kept him off the mound.
Now he's off the roster.
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"We determined that there are other pitchers ahead of Tyler in our bullpen," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "That drove this decision."
Well, start with rookies Shawn Kelley and Chris Jakubauskas.