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Neil Walker | Second Baseman | #20

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Neil Walker underwent a successful lumbar microdiscectomy on Thursday.
Walker was plagued by back issues for much of the second half before the decision was made earlier this month to have season-ending surgery. The second baseman will be a free agent this winter. Sep 9 - 3:46 PM

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Mets placed 2B Neil Walker on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

The move clears a spot for September call-up Gavin Cecchini on the 40-man roster. Walker announced last week that he was undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. The impending free agent batted .282/.347/.476 with 23 homers and 55 RBI in 113 game this season.
Sep 6 - 11:00 AM

Neil Walker confirmed Thursday that he will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Walker called it a "very difficult decision" but the "best course of action" for his long-term health during a press conference on Thursday afternoon in New York. "The more I tried to push through this more I realized I was hurting the team and hurting myself," he told the media. Walker expects to be 100 percent by the start of spring training next February. He finishes his first year with the Mets having slashed .282/.347/.476 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 113 games.
Sep 1 - 3:41 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Neil Walker will "probably" undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

The Mets' dark, injury-riddled season continues. Walker was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back earlier on Wednesday and while the second baseman wanted to play through the injury, it was causing him numbness in his foot and leg. After seeking a second opinion, it was determined that surgery would be the best course of action. Walker will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.
Aug 31 - 10:24 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that the herniated disc in Neil Walker's back could require surgery.

Walker would like to keep playing through the herniated disc, but he is experiencing numbness in his foot and leg due to the injury. He is seeking a second opinion, which should shed more light on whether or not he will need to undergo a season-ending surgical procedure. Wilmer Flores figures to continue to fill in for him at second base until all this is sorted out.
Aug 31 - 4:10 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that Neil Walker has been diagnosed with a herniated disc.

The injury is causing weakness in Walker's lower body. The second baseman has pledged to continue playing through the injury and doctors have OK'd that plan, but he's likely to need regular days off down the stretch. Wilmer Flores started at second base for the Mets on Tuesday night against the Marlins.
Aug 31 - 1:26 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged Tuesday that "there's a lot of concern" about Neil Walker's injured back.

Walker is missing his third straight start Tuesday against the Marlins with a back injury that has bothered him since August. Collins suggested that the second baseman might not be able to operate as an everyday player down the stretch. Wilmer Flores is at second base and batting sixth Tuesday versus Miami righty Tom Koehler.
Aug 30 - 4:05 PM

Neil Walker (back) is out of the Mets' lineup again Tuesday against the Marlins.

Make that three starts in a row Walker has been absent due to a nagging back injury. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return. Wilmer Flores will fill in at second base and bat sixth on Tuesday.
Aug 30 - 3:15 PM

Neil Walker (back) is out of the Mets' lineup again Monday against the Marlins.

Walker has now missed consecutive games due to a back injury from earlier this month. He's been red-hot for a while now, so his absence really hurts. Consider him day-to-day for now. Daily Slant: With Walker and Cabrera out of the Mets lineup, it improves the spot for Jose Fernandez even further. Fernandez still owns an eye-popping 15.0 SwStr% and 35.4 K% (both top the list on tonight’s slate) so his ceiling is absolutely immense on any given day, especially considering the Mets own the league’s 7th highest K% against RHP (22.0%). If you are spending upwards of $10K on a SP, go ahead and pay all the way up for the Marlins ace.
Aug 29 - 4:08 PM

Neil Walker (back) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Walker has had a minor setback with the back injury that kept him out for four games earlier this month. The hope is that he'll be fine after one day of rest. Kelly Johnson is filling in at second base.
Aug 28 - 10:49 AM

Mets activated 2B Neil Walker from the paternity leave list.

Walker and his wife welcomed their first child earlier this week. T.J. Rivera has been optioned in a corresponding move.
Aug 26 - 1:55 PM

Neil Walker will be away from the Mets for this week's series in St. Louis, as his wife will have labor induced Monday night.

Walker is slated to rejoin the Mets on Friday against the Phillies. The second baseman return to action Saturday after missing four games with a back issue, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores should handle second base while Walker is away.
Aug 21 - 10:08 AM

Neil Walker (back) has returned to the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.

He sat out the previous four games due to stiffness in his lower back. The 30-year-old is hitting .279/.341/.470 with 22 homers and 54 RBI in 440 plate appearances on the season.
Aug 20 - 2:00 PM

Neil Walker (back) is out for Thursday's game against the Giants.

Walker was hoping to return Thursday after missing the previous two games with lower back stiffness but instead he'll get another night off. T.J. Rivera will draw the start at second base while batting second against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. Walker remains day-to-day.
Aug 18 - 7:22 PM

Neil Walker (back) hopes to play Thursday.

Walker was scratched from the Mets' starting lineup on Tuesday after experiencing lower back stiffness and he also sat out Wednesday, but it's nothing serious. The second baseman is also awaiting the birth of a child and could go on paternity leave sometime this weekend. He's been on fire offensively this month, batting .397/.435/.672 with five home runs in 62 plate appearances since August 1.
Aug 18 - 8:52 AM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Wilmer Flores
2Kelly Johnson
3Ty Kelly
4Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
3B1Jose Reyes
2T.J. Rivera
3Eric Campbell
4David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Alejandro De Aza
3Justin Ruggiano
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Michael Conforto
3Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Steven Matz
4Bartolo Colon
5Jon Niese
6Seth Lugo
7Robert Gsellman
8Rafael Montero
9Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Fernando Salas
5Jerry Blevins
6Hansel Robles
7Josh Edgin
8Sean Gilmartin
9Logan Verrett
10Gabriel Ynoa
11Josh Smoker
12Erik Goeddel
13Jenrry Mejia