Neil Walker 2B PIT 9 hours ago

Walker went 4-for-5 with three RBI Thursday, completing a 10-for-17, three-game series against the Tigers.

He also walked twice and stole his third base of the season. After missing a week of play in mid June with a hip injury, Walker finally heated up. The second baseman is riding a seven-game hitting streak, during which he's gone 14-for-27.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 day ago

Walker went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and three RBI Wednesday against the Tigers.

He entered the game with no homers and one RBI in his last 16 games, though he came through Tuesday with an extra-inning, game-winning double. Walker collided with Detroit's Miguel Cabrera on Wednesday while crossing the first base bag but stayed in the game -- and later hit the second of his two home runs.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 week ago

Walker (illness) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, batting fourth and starting at second base, MLB.com's Adam Berry reports.

Walker singled as a pinch hitter in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, suggesting his health is no longer a major issue. More concerning for owners is the Pirates' recent trend of using righty-heavy lineups against left-handed pitchers. Although he's a switch-hitter, Walker has always been much more effective from the left side of the plate, and he hasn't logged many at-bats against lefties the past few weeks. As the schedule currently lines up, the Pirates are only slated to face one southpaw between Tuesday and July 8.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker (illness) singled as a pinch hitter in Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Nationals.

Walker was held out of the lineup for a fifth straight game, but it may have been unrelated to the illness he's been dealing with, as the Pirates were facing a lefty. Following an off day Monday, Pittsburgh is scheduled to face five consecutive right-handed pitchers before running into Atlanta's Alex Wood on Sunday.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Walker's availability indicates him not getting the start Sunday is more of a function of the matchup against lefty Gio Gonzalez than it is of health. It's reasonable to think he makes his return Tuesday against the Reds after Pittsburgh's off day Monday.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker (illness) remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Walker will miss his fifth straight game as a result of the stomach bug, but the left-handed Gio Gonzalez on the mound could also play into it. Regardless, he'll receive another day off, followed by a team day off Monday, which will afford him another day of rest before a potential return to the lineup Tuesday.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker (illness) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

This makes it four straight games out of the lineup for Walker, who continues to battle a stomach bug. He has not come off the bench in any of the last three games, and his availability as a pinch-hitter Saturday is uncertain. Josh Harrison will make another start at the keystone for Pittsburgh.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker (illness) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Nationals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Walker continues to battle a stomach bug, and it will cost him his third straight contest Friday. As a result, Josh Harrison will once again start at second base, while Jung-Ho Kang will man third and Jordy Mercer starts at shortstop. However, the issue likely leaves him day-to-day moving forward.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker is out of the lineup Thursday with a stomach ailment, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

While a day off Wednesday wasn't too surprising, two days in a row off would have been a bit more concerning if the reasoning behind it wasn't revealed. The illness shouldn't cost him to miss too much time, but he'll at least sit out two contests because of it. However, he should be considered day-to-day unless something indicates otherwise.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker is out of the lineup Wednesday, ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla reports.

He will get his second day off in the last three days, as his batting average has dipped from .269 to .252 over the past week or so. Walker is typically a very consistent player, and this is probably just a mid-season slump. He has hit 12-plus home runs in five straight seasons, so he should be able to get to that mark again in this, his age-29 season. Josh Harrison gets the start at second base.