Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
3 weeks ago

Walker will start at second base and bat ninth Sunday against the Angels, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Walker has been seeing most of his action at first base in recent weeks, but he'll receive a turn at his natural position in the series finale with everyday second baseman Gleyber Torres receiving a rare day off. Despite being included in the starting nine Sunday, Walker seems likely to be a fixture on the bench in most games going forward following Greg Bird's return from the 10-day disabled list a day earlier. The lefty-hitting Bird should see the bulk of the starts at first base, with the right-handed Tyler Austin (.931 OPS against southpaws this season) likely representing a more ideal platoon mate than the switch-hitting Walker, who has historically been more productive against right-handed pitching.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
1 month ago

Walker is not starting Saturday against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Since May 2, Walker has started at first against every righty while Tyler Austin has gotten the nod against every lefty. That setup will continue against the southpaw Danny Duffy on Saturday. Walker has struggled so far this season, hitting just .211/.298/.257 with no homers in 31 games, though he does have 10 hits in his last 29 at-bats.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
1 month ago

Walker is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

As has been the case recently, Walker will head to the bench as Tyler Austin gets the start at first base with left-hander Gio Gonzalez starting for the opposition. The switch-hitting Walker has seemingly worked his way into the larger side of a platoon at first base -- thanks to his strong play this month and Austin's struggles -- so look for him to rejoin the starting lineup for Wednesday's series finale against righty Tanner Roark.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
1 month ago

Walker is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic New York reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Tyler Austin gets the nod at first base in the series finale with lefty Brett Anderson on the hill for Oakland, Austin has gone hitless in 18 at-bats over his last six starts and may have fallen into a platoon. The switch-hitting Walker, meanwhile, has started at first base in each of the Yankees' last seven games against right-handed pitching and has rebounded from a poor April with a 9-for-26 (.346 average) mark at the plate and a .514 on-base percentage during the current month. With the Yankees scheduled to face another lefty (Gio Gonzalez) on Tuesday against the Nationals, look for Walker to remain on the bench for that contest before returning to the starting nine Wednesday versus right-hander Tanner Roark.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
2 months ago

Walker is out of the lineup Thursday against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Aaron Boone indicated Sunday following Gleyber Torres' promotion to the big leagues that the top prospect would be in line for an everyday role at the keystone, and the Yankees skipper has stuck to that declaration. Torres will make his fifth straight start Thursday, leaving no room in the lineup for Walker, who will sit for the fourth time during that span. Walker's lone starting assignment came at first base Tuesday, but he won't have a path to regular playing time at the position with Tyler Austin continuing to swing a hot bat.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
2 months ago

Walker is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Gleyber Torres certainly earned his promotion to the big leagues after hitting .347 with five extra-base hits across 56 plate appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Walker's dismal .183/.246/.217 season line may have accelerated the top prospect's arrival. It's perhaps no coincidence that Torres will assume Walker's spot at second base Sunday, and the veteran could see his role diminish further if Torres quickly finds success in the majors. On a more fortunate note, Walker's ability to play either corner-infield spots gives him additional pathways to playing time if youngsters Tyler Austin and Miguel Andujar should experience slumps.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
2 months ago

Walker is not in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran infielder has just three hits in the team's past seven games, so he'll head to the bench for a night off. Tyler Austin will take over at first base and Ronald Torreyes will log a start at second to replace Walker on the infield.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
2 months ago

Walker is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Walker was expected to get a breather Sunday before both games of the team's doubleheader against the Tigers were postponed. As a result, he'll open on the bench for Monday's series opener against the Marlins while Ronald Torreyes hit ninth and picks up a start at the keystone in his place.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
2 months ago

Walker is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

There's a chance that both games get postponed due to inclement weather, but in the event they do play in the frigid conditions in Detroit, Walker will start Game 1 on the bench. Ronald Torreyes is starting at second base and hitting eighth.

Neil Walker
1B/2B NYY
2 months ago

Walker is starting at second base and hitting leadoff Tuesday against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Walker appears to be manager Aaron Boone's top choice to fill in atop the order when regular leadoff man Brett Gardner is out of the lineup. The switch-hitting Walker is 7-for-31 (.226) with five walks through eight games this season.