Originally written on Rotowire  |  Last updated 10/20/14
A few notes from the final group of manager media sessions Wednesday... Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has started his strength and conditioning program two weeks ago, and has completed all of his therapy after his season ended with a herniated disc in his back. Manager Clint Hurdle said he's "ready to go." When asked about facing the prospect of a bullpen without Joel Hanrahan at some point, Hurdle did not identify specific candidates to step in as the Pirates' next closer. However, he did emphasize a preference for swing-and-miss guys in that role rather than a groundball pitcher. Just something to file away in case there's a point down the road where Hurdle chooses not to reveal a new closer. On James McDonald and his inconsistent season where he was excellent in the first half before major regression in the second half. "The conversation we've had and pretty much we both got to the same place with, is his focus going into the seas...
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