Mar 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT
For now the Pirates are saying he’s likely to miss just 2-3 days, but it’ll be something to keep an eye on throughout camp.
Walker played 159 of a possible 162 games last season, but saw his production decline significantly from his rookie campaign, losing 23 points of batting average and 69 points of OPS.
And while the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen finalized a six-year, $51.5 million extension earlier this week, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that a Walker deal “does not seem imminent” and “a lot of work still needs to be done.”
Walker is under team control through 2016, so there’s no big rush, but if the Pirates have faith in him being a long-term building block the mediocre 2011 season means his price is still reasonable.
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