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Neil Walker | Second Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 208
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Neil Walker continued to swing a hot bat in Thursday's win over the Tigers, finishing 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Walker drove in a run with a single in the sixth inning, then doubled in two more runs in the ninth to help put the game away. He's been hotter than Death Valley of late, with eight hits in his last 11 at-bats and 15 hits in his last 26 at-bats. This torrid stretch has bumped his season triple-slash to .278/.346/.421. Jul 2 - 5:10 PM

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Neil Walker went 4-for-6 with a pair of home runs, a stolen base, three RBI, and three runs scored as the Pirates drubbed the Tigers on Wednesday.

Walker was the hero on Tuesday, hitting a game-winning double, and stayed hot on Wednesday. His first home run, of the two-run variety, jump-started a five-run third inning. His second was the first of three solo home runs hit in the eighth. Walker's recent hot streak has his batting line up to .268/.338/.410 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 32 runs scored, and three stolen bases.
Jul 1 - 10:33 PM

Neil Walker hit an RBI double in the 14th inning, helping the Pirates outlast the Tigers on Tuesday.

Walker finished 2-for-6 with two walks on the night. His RBI double helped salvage a scoring opportunity that appeared to have been squandered when Gorkys Hernandez made an awful base running blunder during the previous at-bat. Walker has yet to find his power, batting a meager .259/.331/.380 with four home runs and 24 RBI on the year.
Jul 1 - 12:59 AM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Walker sits often versus lefties and is doing so here against the Braves' Alex Wood. Josh Harrison is at second base Friday, with Jung Ho Kang filling in at third.
Jun 28 - 12:58 PM

The ailment that kept Neil Walker out of the lineup for five games involved his right hip and core.

Although the pain did move into his stomach, it wasn't an illness that held Walker out as previously reported. "For whatever reason it wouldn’t subside," Walker said. "We thought maybe it was an ab strain or something along those lines. I couldn’t get to the point where I was comfortable enough to run and swing a bat and all those things." Walker, who returned to action Tuesday, admitted that he's "not 100 percent" but is "close enough," so he'll play through it.
Jun 24 - 9:14 AM

Neil Walker (illness) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

Walker pinch-hit on Sunday, but he missed five straight starts due to illness. He'll bat cleanup in his return Tuesday against Reds right-hander Josh Smith.
Jun 23 - 2:44 PM

Neil Walker (illness) singled as a pinch-hitter Sunday in the Pirates' loss to the Nationals.

Walker was out of the starting lineup for a fifth straight game, but it was a scheduled absence with the Nats throwing left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Walker is over his stomach bug and should start at second base for the Pirates in Tuesday's series opener versus the Reds.
Jun 22 - 10:17 AM

Neil Walker (illness) is available off the bench Sunday.

Walker is absent from the lineup for the fifth straight day, but he wasn't going to be starting, anyway, with a lefty (Gio Gonzalez) on the mound for the Nationals. He should be back in there on Tuesday following Monday's off day. Josh Harrison is at second base again Sunday, while Jung Ho Kang slides over to third base and Jordy Mercer handles shortstop.
Jun 21 - 11:57 AM

Neil Walker (illness) is out of the Pirates lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Saturday.

Once again, Josh Harrison will handle second base in his absence while Jung Ho Kang slides over to third base and Jordy Mercer handles the shortstop position. Walker is battling a stomach bug, but should be ready to return in a few days.
Jun 20 - 1:34 PM

Neil Walker (illness) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.

Walker is battling a stomach bug. Josh Harrison is at second base Friday, with Jung Ho Kang filling in at third.
Jun 19 - 3:45 PM

Neil Walker is out of Thursday's lineup due to illness.

That explains why he's sitting for a second straight day. Walker should be back to normal soon.
Jun 18 - 5:21 PM

Neil Walker is out of the lineup again Thursday against the White Sox.

Walker was on the bench Wednesday against left-hander John Danks and now he's sitting against right-hander Jeff Samardzija. No word about an injury, so perhaps Pirates manager Clint Hurdle just wants to give him a couple of days off to clear his head. Walker is batting just .208 (10-for-48) with one home run this month and .252/.308/.374 overall. Josh Harrison will play second base Thursday while Jung Ho Kang plays third.
Jun 18 - 5:02 PM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Pittsburgh is going all right-handed against White Sox left-hander John Danks. Josh Harrison will start at second base in Walker's place and bat leadoff for the Bucs.
Jun 17 - 4:52 PM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Monday night against the White Sox.

Walker was also absent Sunday, but it doesn't sound like he's injured. Josh Harrison will start at second base and bat leadoff versus White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon.
Jun 15 - 3:14 PM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Josh Harrison is handling second base and Jung Ho Kang is at third.
Jun 14 - 10:58 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
3Sean Rodriguez
2B1Neil Walker
2Steve Lombardozzi
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Jung Ho Kang
LF1Starling Marte
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Arquimedes Caminero
6Rob Scahill
7Deolis Guerra
8Brandon Cumpton