Found July 07, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker exited yesterday’s game in the fifth inning after experiencing discomfort in his right side, according to Joey Nowak of Following the game, manager Clint Hurdle told reporters that he believes Walker suffered the injury during his second at-bat of the game, when he struck out in the third frame. The extent of the injury has yet to be determined, as Walker was slated to receive further evaluation and testing yesterday afternoon. He’ll likely undergo an MRI to see if there is any damage to his oblique or lat muscle. After going 0-for-2 with a strikeout, Walker was replaced at second by Brandon Inge. Over 293 plate appearances this season, the 27-year-old has hit .244/.347/.384 with 11 doubles, three triples and six home runs. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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