Neil Walker 2B PIT Sep 28 '12

Neil Walker has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back and will be shut down for the season.

The diagnosis was given by a back specialist that Walker visited Friday. The second baseman has been limited to just a handful of games over the last month due to the back issue, and with the Pirates officially eliminated from playoff contention, it made no sense to push him. He should be fully healed by the time spring training rolls around.

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