Mets’ Taijuan Walker could return to the rotation this weekend

ST. LOUIS — Taijuan Walker is ready to make the next one count.

After pitching four innings, 64 pitches in a simulated game at Busch Stadium Monday, the Mets right-handers were expecting a return to rotation this weekend.

“I like where I’m at right now,” Walker said before the Mets faced the Cardinals.

Walker, who has spent the last two weeks on the injured list after being diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder, will play the Phillies at the next homestand. According to manager Buck Showalter, this performance will not take place until Saturday. Tylor Megill will rest normally for the series opener on Friday.

Walker said he could probably stretch to 85 pitches for his return.

Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, April 11, 2022, in Philadelphia.
Taijuan Walker

Tomas Nido started behind the plate for a fourth straight Max Scherzer start on Monday, but Showalter said the right-hander was “okay” to throw James McCann.

“Max has never said anything to me in any way,” Showalter said. “Max isn’t really an apologetic type. I think we will end up there [with McCann]but Mac can catch the next two days and I didn’t want to do it for three days, it didn’t feel really good.

Showalter was asked if it was a coincidence that Nido started for each of Scherzer’s outings.

“I don’t know if it’s a coincidence,” Showalter said. “It’s something that has worked so far, but we’ll get away from that eventually, I think.”

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