Found July 22, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The Pittsburgh Pirates' Neil Walker started to get over the hump of his return from right side soreness on Friday night when he started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. Aluding to a specific plan for Walker, Manager Clint Hurdle said. Neil went on the 15-day disabled list on July 9th, retroactive to July 7th. On Friday, Walker was scheduled to play five innings and get two or three at-bats. Assuming all went well Friday night, Hurdle said Walker would then play seven innings Saturday and a full nine innings on Sunday. "We'll evaluate after that," Hurdle said. Well, his Sunday in Triple-A went quite well as he seemed to have no problem getting the bat on the ball. #Pirates rehabbing 2B Neil Walker smokes leadoff double & takes 3rd on fly to RF, but a groundout & strikeout leave him at 3rd. Down 1-0 B-4 — Indianapolis Indians (@indyindians) July 21, 2013 According to Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com, Walker is eligible to come off the DL on Monday, and the Pirates hope he'll be able to join them when they begin a four-game road series against the Nationals that same day. Currently at the tail end of his second DL stint this season, having previously missed 14 games in late April and early May after getting his right index finger cut by a spike, Walker owns a .244/.347/.384 slash line in 72 games. Jordy Mercer and Brandon Inge have manned second base with Walker out of the lineup, going a combined 4-for-30 (.133) entering Friday. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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