Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker took another step this week in his return from Tommy John surgery.
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said Walker on Tuesday threw a 39-pitch simulated game and felt “really, really good” after.
Walker, 26, underwent Tommy John surgery last April.
“I had a brief conversation with [Walker] throughout the course of the game [Tuesday] and he’s super excited,” Lovullo said before Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees. “I’m really encouraged.”
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Lovullo said he wasn’t sure about what was the next step in Walker’s rehab and didn’t give a timeline on when he would return to the major league team.
Walker threw 20 pitches off a mound on March 20 and soon after started throwing bullpen sessions before Tuesday’s simulated game.
Walker had a 3.46 ERA in three starts last season but in 2017 posted a 3.49 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 157.1 innings.
“We want to make sure we don’t rush it,” Lovullo said of Walker’s rehab process. “I know I’ve spelled it out a couple of times, but he’s a very important piece of this puzzle and we want to make sure he’s getting the perfect amount of attention in every area.”
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