Neil Walker 2B PIT 13 hours ago

Walker is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Walker is hitless in his last 16 at-bats, and is batting just .216 so far in May. He'll take a seat following 11 straight starts, with utility man Josh Harrison taking over at the keystone.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 days ago

Walker went hitless in four at-bats Friday and is batting .179 (7-for-39) in his last nine games.

The second baseman, who compiled a career high of 23 homers in 2014, has gone deep one time in his last 140 plate appearances. Walker has never faced Saturday starter, Matt Harvey.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker will move to third in the order Thursday with Andrew McCutchen getting the day off, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports.

Walker went 1-for-3 with a walk Wednesday, but has only three hits in 16 career at-bats against starter, Aaron Harang. The second baseman takes a seven-game hitting streak into Thursday's tilt.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Walker has started 28 of the first 30 games at second base for the Pirates, but will give way to Josh Harrison Sunday afternoon, with Jung Ho Kang taking over at the hot corner. The switch-hitting Walker has just a .301 OPS against left-handed pitching in 2015, so the move makes sense with lefty Tyler Lyons on the hill for the Cardinals.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the 7-5 win over the Cardinals Saturday.

Walker was recently moved to the two-hole and he responded Saturday by going deep for the second time this season. Walker had his best year of his career last season, and he's off to a solid start so far this season with a .287 average.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 3 weeks ago

Walker is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle will shuffle his infield a little bit on getaway day, as Walker sits while Josh Harrison moves from third base to second, allowing Jung-Ho Kang to come off the bench and make a start at third. Walker is batting a respectable .270 this season, but after leading all MLB second basemen with 23 round-trippers in 2014, his one homer over 97 plate appearances registers as a disappointment for his fantasy owners.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 month ago

Walker extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The second baseman has already hit eight doubles -- including four in the last three games -- but remains stuck on one home run. Walker has raised his batting average to an even .300 (21-for-70) after getting off to a slow start.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 month ago

Walker went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the Pirates' win over the D-backs on Friday night.

As the Bucs' clean-up hitter, Walker should continue to have plenty of RBI chances. He's taken a small step back to begin the season (.258/.288/.387), but there's been no indication that his role in the lineup is in jeopardy.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 month ago

Walker is out of the lineup Friday.

Sean Rodriguez will get the start at second base as Walker gets a rare day off. Walker has eight hits and seven strikeouts in nine games this season and a home run last week is the lone extra-base hit in his last five games.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 month ago

Walker went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base Friday in Milwaukee.

Enjoy the stolen base as it was just Walker's fourth since 2012. The switch-hitter will face righthander Jimmy Nelson for the first time Saturday. Nelson has struggled at Miller Park with a 5.47 career earned-run average as opposed to a 2.70 ERA on the road. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle may rest Walker on Sunday in an effort to keep his starters fresh -- something to keep an eye on.