PEORIA, Ariz. — Go ahead, breathe a little easier, Mariners fans. Taijuan Walker’s first bullpen workout is in the rear-view mirror.
Sure, Walker and club officials will insist this was a non-event Monday when he delivered 25 pitches — all fastballs — after loosening up by playing catch with Felix Hernandez (who also had his first bullpen session.)
Walker has been on a slightly delayed spring schedule because of shoulder soreness. Nothing major, everyone insisted. Even so, a crowd gathered when the club’s top prospect stepped to the rubber on a six-mound bullpen.
“It was funny, too,” Walker acknowledged. “Even my family came …