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.
"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.