Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Another night off for Walker
By Doug Mittler
UPDATE:Walker is out of the starting lineup again on Tuesday night, tweets Rob Bietrempfel. If this continues another day or two, the Bucs might be tempted to rest Walker through the All-Star break, when he would then get about two weeks off before returning.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were again without second baseman Neil Walker, who did not start his second consecutive game Monday due to pain in his right side.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle did not speculate on whether manager Walker will need a trip to the disabled list, but he does have some options. Hurdle started Brandon Inge at second base for the second straight game Monday instead of moving Jordy Mercer from shortstop to second base.
If Walker needs more time off, it will mean more at-bats for Clint Barmes, who started at short in place of Mercer Monday against Oakland. A deal stint for Walker would likely result in the Bucs recalling Josh Harrison, who was demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis earlier this month.
Inge is hitting just .184, and the Pirates could be in the market for an extra bench bat if his offensive production doesn't improve.