Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker suffered a
hand injury during last night’s contest against the St. Louis Cardinals that
required six stitches, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. The injury may not
require a trip to the disabled list, but it sounds like it could sideline
Walker for at least a few games.
"It was very, very deep -- the deepest cut I've ever
had for stitches," said Walker, wearing a bandage around his right hand
with blood stains on his uniform pants after the game. "I'm not excited
that it happened, but I do feel fortunate that there was no damage to tendons
or bone or issues like that.”
Walker sustained the injury while running the bases last
night. Pedro Alvarez sent a grounder to second base, and Walker attempted to
break up a double play. During the play, Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma came
down on Walker’s hand, and his spikes opened up a gash on the second baseman’s
Doctors told Walker and the Pirates that in six or seven
days the stitches will be able to be removed. He’s expected to be out of
Pittsburgh’s lineup through next Wednesday, the duration of the team’s current
While Walker’s sidelined due to the hand injury, the Pirates
are expected to use Brandon Inge at second base.
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