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Tyler Walker's rehab schedule, Joel Peralta's dominance

Nationals reliever Tyler Walker threw a bullpen session today for the first time since being placed on the 15-day disabled list, the first step in a rehab schedule he and the Nationals have in place.

Walker, who threw all fastballs and changeups in his 35-pitch session, will throw another bullpen session Wednesday. While the Nationals begin the second half of their season, Walker will pitch with Class A Potomac at least twice. He'll also pitch for Class AA Harrisburg and Class AAA Syracuse in Norfolk before returning, likely sometime in late July.

Walker's lengthy rehab will mean an extended stay for Joel Peralta in the Nationals bullpen. Peralta, 34, has allowed one earned run in 10 1/3 innings, a 0.87 ERA, while striking out 10, walking one and yielding a .189 batting average against. Peralta, who began the season as the closer in Class AAA Syracuse, has also allowed none of his four inherited runners to score.

"He came here feeling like he could get big league hitters out," Riggleman said. "He's done that in the past for four or five years. He's got a nice repertoire of pitches. He came here feeling like a world beater, 20 for 20 in saves in Triple A. He's just brought that here. He's not been intimidated by any situations."

In today's bullpen, J.D. Martin will be available. It's not a statement about what the Nats think of Martin. It's just that he hasn't pitched for a few days and will not pitch until the fourth game after the break. Basically, there's no reason not to have him there in case of emergency.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 11, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
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