Pirates Notebook: No Reason Meek’s Velocity Won’t Return

BRADENTON, Fla. –Right-hander Evan Meek is working on getting back to the All-Star pitcher that he was in 2010. After posting a 2.14 ERA over 70 appearances in 2010, Meek battled right shoulder tendonitis for most of last season, appearing in just 24 games with Pittsburgh. For some pitchers, it can take a while to regain their velocity in spring training, needing to build up their arm strength and innings. Meek, who last season...

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Walker Scratched with Back Tightness

BRADENTON, Fla. — Second baseman Neil Walker was an early morning scratch from the lineup for today’s 1:05 game at McKechnie Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. Walker, 26, was scratched due to lower back tightness. Walker said today that his lower back was a little tight during Tuesday’s 7-4 win over the Yankees,  got worse afterwards. For precaution this early in spring training, Walker is day-to-day but will...

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Should the Pirates Extend Neil Walker?

Now that Andrew McCutchen has been signed to a long-term deal, everyone seems to be weighing in on whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should extend second baseman Neil Walker. In 2009 the Pirates called up Andrew McCutchen mid-season. He was their first big prospect to arrive during the new management group’s rebuilding process. The next summer the Pirates were set to see their first wave of top prospects arrive. Pedro Alvarez, Neil...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Second Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have many positions on the field that were held down by just one person throughout the 2011 season.  Second base was one of those rare positions.  Neil Walker played 159 games at the position, starting 155 of those games.  No other player on the roster started more games, and Walker was one of three  players on the team that started over 100 games (with the other two being Andrew McCutchen and Ronny...

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Game 162 Recap: Season Ends With Loss and 3 HRs Allowed

The season ended much the way it has gone over the last couple of months. There wasn’t much to write home about from the slab and there wasn’t much offense to speak of. Milwaukee used three homers to support Zach Greinke. Jeff Locke allowed three long balls. The Pirates scored two of their three runs courtesy of Brewer errors. The Pirates put the first two runners on base in the second inning as Derrek Lee walked and...

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