Neil Walker Returns to the Pirates Lineup, But Jordy Mercer is Out

Neil Walker has returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup tonight, batting fourth and playing second base. The lineup also features Pedro Alvarez returning to third base, most likely due to the absence of Jordy Mercer. Mercer left yesterday’s game with soreness in his arm. Josh Harrison will be replacing him at shortstop. The lineup is posted below.

There’s a lot going on here, with Alvarez getting a shot at third, and Mercer out for today. The good news from all of this is that Walker is back, after getting just four plate appearances since August 1st. Hopefully the injury to Mercer isn’t too serious.

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  • Sean

    That’s some frightening defense on the left side of the infield potentially, and with Ground Chuck on the mound it’s even scarier.

    • Greg7373

      Here’s hoping:

      1. Mercer’s “forearm tightness” has nothing to do with his elbow;

      2. Walker’s back does not tighten up; and

      3. Pedro’s throws tonight find harmony with the Sun, Moon, stars and anything else which could divert the ball from first base.
      Otherwise, I guess we need to guard against going into the game over-confident.

      • pilbobuggins


  • Monsoon Harvard

    It’s about time Snider is batting ahead of the first base underachievers. Those two hitting clean-up was the biggest rally killing.
    Now I hope Mercer isn’t out long.

  • Scott Kliesen

    The hits just keep on coming. If this team stays in contention, CH should be recognized for this managing job. I know he gets beat up for his misuse of the bullpen, but what about getting more out of guys like Mercer, Harrison, Worley than anyone thought possible? We are lucky to have him as the Manager.

    • Y2JGQ2

      I don’t think Hurdle gets the credit for that. His coaches do. The only thing he gets credit for/blamed for should be “in game” decisions. That, in my opinion, he is average at best. And I say that gritting my teeth knowing there are a lot worse out there.

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      • IC Bob

        Disagree. If you are going to blame the manager everytime something goes wrong then you have to give him credit when things go right. As for in game moves not many can be made when your bench consist of Nix, Stewart and Martinez. As for the bullpen unless you want to destroy Watson, Hughes and Melansen, you have to pitch the other guys and right now everyone of those guys is getting lit up like a Christmas tree.

      • Scott Kliesen

        With injuries and poor play from corner IF, not to mention middle relief, this team has no business being where it is. He must be doing something right.

    • pilbobuggins

      You had me at misuse of the bullpen.