Posted February 06, 2013 on pirates.scout.com
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Pirates second baseman Neil Walker suffered a dislocated finger and then injured his back. He was shut down in late September. Armed with a new one-year contract, Walker who batted .280 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI, told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he is raring to go.
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