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Pirates activate Neil Walker from the disabled list

May 13, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh activated Neil Walker from the disabled list after the second baseman missed three weeks with a lacerated finger.

Walker needed six stitches after being spiked by Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma on April 27.

After initially turning to Brandon Inge at second base in Walker’s absence the Pirates moved on to Jordy Mercer. But despite hitting three homers in nine games Mercer is headed back to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Walker.

  1. breastfedted - May 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Neal Huntington letting his ego get the best of him again. Keep Mercer up, get rid of worthless McDonald. Hell, Mercer should be starting over automatic out Barmes, the notion that Barmes is somehow an elite, indispensable fielder is a joke, he is average on defense and less than worthless as a hitter.

  2. pittsburghavenue - May 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Mercer gave the indication that he can play regularly in the lineup and produce hits. Walker is too streaky but they’re not going to give up on a first-round pick. I agree with dumping the weak links Barmes or McDonald and insert the younger Mercer. He definitely does not deserve to be demoted after his series against the Mets but what do we know. We just watch and yell at the TV.

  3. magicrat13 - May 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    agree with you on the questionable move…but thinking hurdle has more to do with it than huntington….hurdle is a veterans only type manager…

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