"That's the plan," McClendon said. "Keep moving forward. He has a couple scheduled days off, and then he'll get back out there."
The right-hander was held out of the first four days of camp because of the soreness -- the result of too much throwing during the offseason. Walker threw his first bullpen session, lasting 5 minutes and 25 pitches, a week ago, and he has not pitched off a mound since.
McClendon said Walker has not had any pain recurring in his throwing shoulder but understood the focus on his 21-year-old pitcher.
"I keep asking the same thing," McClendon said.
Right-hander Brandon Maurer also is on the mend, battling a back issue that caused him to miss his first live batting-practice session Friday. Both Maurer and McClendon said the tightness is not considered serious.
"It's not going to be too long. I should be able to pick it up after a break," said Maurer, though no date has been set for when he will throw again. "We're just taking it day by day. ... The best thing for it is rest; stay off of it until it's better."
Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.