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Neil Walker | Second Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 208
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Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run, but the Pirates fell to the Braves 7-3 on Monday.
Walker had started only two games in the past week due to lower back stiffness, but didn't show any signs of discomfort against Ervin Santana. His third-inning solo shot helped reduce the Pirates' deficit to 6-2, but it wasn't enough. The second baseman has had a fine year, bashing 17 home runs and driving in 51 runs while slashing .279/.348/.462. Aug 18 - 10:29 PM

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Neil Walker (back) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

Walker has been dealing with lower back stiffness since the beginning of the month, so it looks as though manager Clint Hurdle wanted to give him day off and not push him on consecutive nights. Jayson Nix will once again fill in at second base.
Aug 16 - 3:42 PM

Neil Walker is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

It's just his second start in the last 14 days and first since August 5 due to lower back stiffness. He's at second base and hitting cleanup against Tanner Roark and the Nationals.
Aug 15 - 3:51 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday that he's "optimistic" Neil Walker (back) will return to the lineup on Friday.

Walker has started one game in the last 13 days due to back tightness, and he left that contest after the back acted up on him again. However, he was available off the bench Thursday and the club feels confident that the back issues are behind the second baseman.
Aug 15 - 11:03 AM

The Pirates think Neil Walker (back) will avoid the disabled list.

A trip to the DL was looking likely over the weekend, but manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that Walker is "showing improvement" and could rejoin the lineup soon. "He’s showing improvement … and going through the examinations with the doctors. Again, anybody who’s had a back challenge, I think we all have different degrees of concern from time to time, and then when you find out that maybe some things you were concerned about aren’t in play, it can help the process. We’ve been able to isolate what he needs to work on to recover. He was in a better place [Monday] and better place [Tuesday]."
Aug 13 - 10:41 AM

Neil Walker (back) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup again Tuesday.

Walker has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since he left a game last Tuesday due to back tightness. The Pirates will apparently continue to play short-handed for now.
Aug 12 - 3:03 PM

Neil Walker (back) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

Walker pinch-hit Saturday and was originally in Sunday's lineup, so he must have had a setback during batting practice. The Pirates aren't expected to officially make a roster move until after Sunday's game. Walker has started just one game over the last eight days due to back issues.
Aug 10 - 11:03 AM

Neil Walker struck out as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

Walker has started just one game over the last eight days due to back issues. The fact that he pinch-hit is probably a good sign that he'll avoid the disabled list.
Aug 10 - 6:39 AM

Neil Walker (back) remained out of the lineup Thursday.

He's not expected to be available off the bench, either. Walker has played just once over the last week due to a back issue, although he's feeling a bit better. "There was some improvement," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I'm trusting the people I talk to, and I'm trusting Neil. What he felt was real the first time back, and seemed to me maybe too quick. I'm going to give him more time, so the next time we plug him in, we can keep him there."
Aug 7 - 7:43 PM

Neil Walker (back) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Walker had to exit Tuesday's game after his back tightened up on him again. He remains day-to-day for the time being. Michael Martinez is at second base Wednesday.
Aug 6 - 3:01 PM

Neil Walker left Tuesday's game against the Marlins after his back tightened up on him again.

Walker returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing two games, but he lasted just three at-bats before his back acted up on him again. He appears to be day-to-day again, but count on him missing at least another couple games.
Aug 5 - 10:28 PM

Neil Walker is back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday.

Walker missed the previous two contests with back tightness, an injury he blamed on the beds he had to sleep on on the road. He got to sleep in his own bed during Monday's off day and was ready to roll Tuesday. The second baseman is sporting a .280/.348/.460 batting line with 16 homers over 95 games this season.
Aug 5 - 8:13 PM

Neil Walker (back) is not expected to be available off the bench Sunday.

He wasn't available off the bench Saturday, either. Walker is dealing with a back issue and he's hoping three days off (with the Pirates being idle Monday) will be enough. Michael Martinez is at second base Sunday.
Aug 3 - 2:15 PM

Neil Walker was pulled from the Pirates lineup with back tightness on Saturday.

Walker hadn't been dealing with any back concerns lately, so hopefully this is just a precautionary measure and he can get back out there shortly. Consider him day-to-day. He's slashing .280/.348/.460.
Aug 2 - 7:23 PM

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, an RBI double, and a bases-loaded walk in Tuesday's victory over the Dodgers.

Another productive night for Walker, who has now homered in three out of his last six contests. His second-inning solo home run put the Pirates up 1-0 and he continued to be a pest for the Dodgers all night long. The second baseman has been among the most productive at his position, now with a .286/.357/.474 slash line, 15 home runs, and 48 RBI.
Jul 22 - 11:05 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel