New York Mets RHP Taijuan Walker scratched from start due to back injury

New York Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker was scratched Sunday due to a ruptured disc, manager Buck Showalter said Saturday.

The Mets have yet to name a replacement for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.

Walker (10-3, 3.36 ERA) lasted just over two innings in Tuesday’s loss to Atlanta and left with back spasms. He visibly flinched after running to cover first base on a ground ball and said after the game that his back “started to get tight” as he walked back to the dugout.

Showalter said Walker could potentially return to the rotation against the Yankees Tuesday.

The Mets go into Saturday’s game with a 3½ game lead over the Braves in NL East.

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Emma Bowman

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