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Neil Walker

Posted: 02/06/2013 9:05 AM

Neil Walker 


Neil Walker

Premium Story Healthy again, Pirates' Walker is ready

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. Full Story | Discuss

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Posted: 02/06/2013 1:07 PM

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Hopefully Neil is ok.  For some reason I keep getting an Ivan DeJesus leading off for the Pirates premonition.

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Posted: 02/06/2013 4:59 PM

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It would be great if the team claimed Reid Brigniac who was DFA'd or tried to make a trade for him. He would make a much better utility infielder than Harrison and he could be in the mix as an option for the shortstop position in the future.
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Posted: 02/07/2013 1:04 PM

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katoy2j wrote: It would be great if the team claimed Reid Brigniac who was DFA'd or tried to make a trade for him. He would make a much better utility infielder than Harrison and he could be in the mix as an option for the shortstop position in the future.

Agree wholeheartedly, he has struggled but has a ton of talent.  He is the perfect type of player to take a "flyer" on and see if he can figure it out.
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Posted: 02/07/2013 3:25 PM

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Walker had a herniated disc in his back.  That is not the type of injury that typically "goes away" or "heals itself" or that you can truly and permanently cure via rehab---though this last option might work, at least for a time, because Walker is young and athletic.  Still, the situation bears watching.  If his back turns into a chronic thing, then I can't see any way he would be in Pittsburgh long term.  Either way, bringing in a guy like Brignac would be a good idea, as he would at minimum be an upgrade over either Harrison or Mercer.
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Posted: 02/11/2013 11:56 AM

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williamjpellas wrote: Walker had a herniated disc in his back.  That is not the type of injury that typically "goes away" or "heals itself" or that you can truly and permanently cure via rehab---though this last option might work, at least for a time, because Walker is young and athletic.  Still, the situation bears watching.  If his back turns into a chronic thing, then I can't see any way he would be in Pittsburgh long term.  Either way, bringing in a guy like Brignac would be a good idea, as he would at minimum be an upgrade over either Harrison or Mercer.
Neil is still sitting at a 3.3 WAR, which isn't too terribly shabby.  His defense is for sucks, but you can live with that if he's hitting.

If his back or his bat fall off of a cliff in the next 2-3 years, he needs to go and we need to move on to the next thing.
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