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Tyler Walker could be facing surgery

Reliever Tyler Walker appears headed for surgery on his sore right shoulder. Walker said he will visit renown orthopedic specialist James Andrews on Thursday to get confirmation but that surgery seems the most likely scenario.

Walker last pitched June 19, when he threw 2 2/3 innings on the road against Detroit and reported considerable pain the following morning. Walker had an MRI exam when the team came home, and while the results indicated no structural damage, they did show significant inflammation in his AC joint.

Walker went on the 15-day disabled list on June 28, then tried to work his way back but clearly was nowhere close to 100 percent during four appearances. He gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings before the Nationals shut him down.

"I never have any regrets," he said. "It's the way it is. I don't think I injured it any more by pitching or trying to come back and pitch. It's just a matter of what I could get through. At this point, the pain threshold was too much. I don't think I could go on like this much longer. It's not a way to live."

The pain has been so severe, Walker said, that he's had difficulty drinking a glass of water and even sleeping.

The estimated rehab time, according to Walker, is roughly six to eight months, which means he could be throwing off a mound by spring training. Walker also had the same surgery in 2000.

"Once every 10 years," Walker said. "That's not too bad. Go in to rotate the tires."

Walker made 24 appearances this season with a 1-0 record and a 3.57 ERA in 35 1/3 innings. He gave up 35 hits and eight walks and had eight strikeouts.

"Hopefully," Walker said, "there is a next season."

By Gene Wang  |  July 27, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  Tyler Walker  
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Comments

Another one bites the dust. I understand pitchers are prone to arm problems, but sure seems to be a systemic issue with this team even if each one is unique.

Posted by: marathoner | July 27, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust. I understand pitchers are prone to arm problems, but sure seems to be a systemic issue with this team even if each one is unique.

Posted by: marathoner
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Sorry to hear this about Tyler Walker. I wouldn't conclude that this is systemic to the Nats without having some comparative information about what other teams experience with their pitchers' health.

Posted by: Section109 | July 27, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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