HOUSTON — The Mariners, as expected, recalled right-hander Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Monday’s game against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Walker then stepped into the rotation to pitch the series opener against the Astros.
Walker returned with honors. He was picked as the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week for June 23-29 after pitching a complete-game shutout in his only start. He limited Oklahoma City to four hits in a 2-0 victory.
Point to note: Oklahoma City is the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate. Walker’s award was the first of the season for a Rainiers player.
The Mariners cleared roster space for Walker after Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Cleveland by optioning outfielder Stefen Romero to Tacoma.