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New York Mets to place Taijuan Walker on injured list

May 17, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets plan to place right-handed starting pitcher Taijuan Walker on the 10-day injured list due to left side tightness.

The move means New York will have 14 players on the IL, including ace starter Jacob deGrom.

In his most recent start, Walker faced the Atlanta Braves on Monday and left after just three innings with discomfort in his side. He had allowed just one hit and no runs or walks to that point.

For the season, his first with the Mets, Walker is 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 0.977 WHIP, both of which would mark career lows for the 28-year-old. He’s recorded 41 strikeouts — tied for second-most on the team behind deGrom — in 44 innings of work.

The Mets’ starting rotation has gotten thinner, with Noah Syndergaard (elbow) and Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) expected to miss a few more weeks. Similar to Walker, deGrom went on the IL on May 11 with back tightness. He will make a rehab start for Low-A Port St. Lucie on Thursday.

–Field Level Media