Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 Month

Neil Walker (appendectomy) is expected to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on June 24.

Walker underwent an appendectomy just eight days ago, but he's been cleared to accelerate workouts and indicated Tuesday that he probably could return sooner if he were allowed. "I'm gonna go crazy in the dugout. I'm gonna take batting practice and grounders," Walker said. "Not that it's gonna do any good. I've got to wait the full 15 days [DL time]."

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 Month

Neil Walker (appendectomy) could begin swinging a bat on Tuesday.

Walker has already made it through some running drills with no issues. He's less than a week removed from an appendectomy but appears to appears to be recovering rapidly. Perhaps Walker will be ready for activation around the time he's eligible.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 Month

Neil Walker (appendectomy) has been able to complete some running drills.

Walker underwent an appendectomy on Monday but has already begun incorporating some baseball activities. The Pirates haven't set a timetable for the second baseman's return.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 Month

Pirates placed 2B Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list with an appendectomy.

Walker underwent the procedure on Monday. It's an operation that normally takes players longer than the minimum 15 days to return from, but every case is different. Walker had played in every Pirates game this season prior to missing Monday's contest. Josh Harrison will handle second base while Walker is out.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 Month

Neil Walker was scratched from Monday's lineup due to abdominal pain.

It's not clear at this point if Walker is dealing with some sort of strain or some other issue. The Pirates should update his status later Monday. Josh Harrison moved in to second base to take Walker's spot, with Travis Snider taking over for Harrison in right field.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 Month

Neil Walker was scratched from Monday's lineup with an undisclosed injury.

The Pirates are saying the reason for Walker being scratched will be provided "as soon as it becomes available" Josh Harrison moved in to second base to take Walker's spot, with Travis Snider taking over for Harrison in right field.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 Months

Neil Walker blasted a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

After going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Monday's win, Walker kicked off the scoring Tuesday with a two-run homer off Jessie Hahn in the third inning. It was his only hit of the game. The veteran second baseman's 11 homers are just five off his career high, though he's banged out at least 10 in five straight seasons. Walker is slashing .279/.351/.460 and is on pace for 31 homers and 95 RBI.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 Months

Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Monday's win against the Padres.

The RBI give him a nice, round 300 over his career. Walker is on his way to a career year and would be a worthy All-Star selection. He's slashing .279/.350/.450 with 10 homers and 32 RBI through 57 games. Walker has corked double-digit home runs in five straight seasons, but his career-high is only 16. He's on pace for 28 homers and 91 RBI.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 Months

Neil Walker had a homer and an RBI single against the Yankees in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Walker deposited a Hiroki Kuroda pitch over the wall in right to start the scoring in the first. It was his ninth homer already this year, putting him more than halfway to his 2013 total and career high of 16. He hasn't excelled otherwise -- the rest of his stats make it look like a typical Walker year -- so enjoy the homers while they last.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 Months

Neil Walker crushed his seventh home run of the season, powering the Pirates to a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Friday.

Walker's three-run shot off Carlos Martinez in the seventh inning transformed a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 advantage for the Pirates. He also contributed an RBI single in the fifth inning, finishing the night 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI. With the big night, he's now hitting .269/.355/.463 with seven long balls and an impressive 22 RBI on the season.