PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, who left Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning with dislocated finger on his right hand, will not be placed on the disabled list, according to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.
According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, Hurdle said Thursday afternoon that Walker had an appointment with a hand specialist, but didn’t release any other information.
Walker writhed on the ground in pain after he fielded a Matt Kemp ground ball, ran to force out Mark Ellis at second and throw on to first. Walker appeared to land awkwardly on his right forearm after tumbling over Ellis' slide.
Walker is hitting .290 and leads NL second basemen in RBIs (67) and is tied for the lead in home runs (14). He is hitting .348 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs over his past 43 games.
Third baseman Pedro Alvarez took Walker's No. 2 spot in the lineup, with Josh Harrison moving over from third to field his position.
The Pirates, who have lost five of their past six, entered the day holding the NL's second wild card spot.
Hurdle said Jordy Mercer will get the start at second as the Pirates try to snap a three-game losing streak and close out the 11-game homestand with a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning at 4:05 p.m.
The Pirates also made roster moves Thursday. Pitcher Jeff Locke was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis and infielder/outfielder Yamaico Navarro was recalled from Triple-A, while reliever Chad Qualls was placed on the three-day bereavement list with an illness in the family and reliever Jared Hughes was recalled from Triple-A.
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