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Neil Walker Starts Rehab Thursday in Altoona, Could Join Pirates Over Weekend

Neil Walker Starts Rehab Thursday in Altoona, Could Join Pirates Over Weekend

Neil Walker could be back in the Pirates' lineup by Sunday. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will begin his rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Altoona. Walker will play two games in Altoona, according to 93.7 The Fan's Dan Zangrilli, starting with Thursday night's game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Walker could be back on the Pirates' roster as early as Sunday in New York, per Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He injured his right hand on April 26 sliding into second base and had to get six stitches after Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma accidentally spiked him. Walker was originally day-to-day, but the Pirates placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday and recalled infielder Jordy Mercer.

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