Neil Walker went 1-for-4 in a rehab assignment with Altoona tonight. Photo credit: David Hague
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker saw his first game action in thirteen days, making a rehab start in Altoona tonight for the AA Curve. The switch-hitter went 1-for-4 from the right side, registering a double in his final at bat before leaving the game. Walker will get the start again tomorrow, batting left-handed with a right-hander on the mound for the Richmond Squirrels.
“The plan was to get four at bats today and then tomorrow I’ll play all nine innings. It was nice to get four at bats, and timing-wise that’s about what I needed for the day,” said Walker.
“It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly, actually,” he added.
Since he’s been out of action for close to two weeks, the key to the rehab starts is to not only make sure his lacerated hand is okay but also to get his timing back at the plate.
“It took until my last at bat to get my feet back underneath me. That’s t...
John Eshleman joined Pirates Prospects in 2012, providing live coverage of the State College Spikes and the Altoona Curve. He will return for the 2013 season to provide coverage of the Jamestown Jammers while they are in State College. He will also be providing coverage of the Altoona Curve throughout the year. John is currently earning a Ph.D in Rural Sociology from Penn State University, and he lives in State College with his fiance Allison. Also, he hates the designated hitter rule.