Neil Walker 2B PIT 6 hours 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 7 days 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 week 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 month ago

Walker is batting .366 (15-for-41) with two homers, 10 RBI and 1.092 OPS this spring.

He figures to once again bat in the middle of the order against right-handed pitching, increasing his chances for RBI. Walker's main concern is his chronic back issues and he's avoided all such problems thus far. The second baseman has compiled the fifth-most at-bats of any Pirates player in the Grapefruit League.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 months ago

Walker socked a three-run homer Tuesday, giving him seven hits -- including five doubles and a home run -- in 17 at-bats.

The Pirates second baseman figures to be extra motivated in 2015, given that he's playing for a long-term deal. He'll also look to keep newly-acquired Jung-Ho Kang from stealing his at-bats. Walker hit a career-high 23 homers last season.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 months ago

Walker (leg) returned to the Pirates' lineup Wednesday, going 0-for-3.

More important than Walker's results are the fact that he's seemingly healthy after taking a pitch to the leg Monday. It's likely he sustained little more than a bruise, which shouldn't provide any complications in the games to come.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 months ago

Walker, who was hit in the leg by a pitch Monday, is not in the lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Pirates haven't provided an update, but it seems likely that Walker's absence from the lineup is related to Monday's plunking. The 29-year-old second baseman is coming off arguably his best season, having set career-high marks for home runs (23) and slugging percentage (.467) in 2014.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 3 months ago

Walker lost his arbitration case and will make $8 million in 2015, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.

Walker argued that he deserved $9 million after slashing .271/.342/.467 with 23 homers and 76 RBI last season, but the arbitration panel sided with the Pirates. While Walker's 13.9% HR/FB rate last season was above his norm (10.1%), his .288 BABIP was nearly 20 points below his career mark (.307), so there's little reason to think the 29-year-old won't return strong value in his seventh major league season.