Tag:Neil Walker
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:14 pm

Pirates' Crosby close to return

Good news for the Pirates, who need any good news they can find.

Second baseman Bobby Crosby will hit off a tee today and could be available to pinch-hit against the Cubs today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes . Crosby is expected to be available for Thursday's game.

Andy LaRoche is playing second for the Pirates today in Chicago.

Crosby was the second Pirates second baseman to collide with a right fielder in the course of four days. Friday night the team lost Neil Walker in a collision with Ryan Church and Walker has since been put on the disabled list with a concussion. Crosby collided on the same type of shallow popup on Monday, this time running into Lastings Milledge.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:04 pm

Pirates lose another second baseman

Bobby Crosby Being the Pirates' second baseman is dangerous business these days.

Bobby Crosby was removed from Monday's game against the Cubs with concussion-like symptoms after colliding with outfielder Lastings Milledge.

On Friday, Neil Walker collided with Ryan Church and suffered a concussion. He has been sent back to Pittsburgh for more tests.

The Pirates released their Opening Day second baseman, Akinori Iwamura, two weeks ago. Andy LaRoche has been transitioning from third to second but is a work in progress. The only player to start at second for the Pirates this season other than Iwamura, Walker and Crosby is Delwyn Young, who has started there three times and is batting .221.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 5:08 pm

Walker sent home for tests

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has been sent back to Pittsburgh to undergo more tests, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes .

Walker left Friday night's game after a collision with Ryan Church. It was later revealed Walker suffered a concussion on the play.

Walker is hitting .295/.325/.464 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 28 games for the Pirates so far this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:30 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:36 am

Strasburg's sixth inning

Stephen Strasburg has struck out 11 of the first 21 batters he's faced in the big leagues, but his night may be over after 81 pitches.

If he's taken out, Strasburg may have done everything but get the win.

In the sixth, he struck out the first three batters of the Pirates' order -- Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Lastings Milledge. Strasburg didn't even throw a fastball to get Milledge, who struck out at a changeup in the dirst and was thrown out at first.

Strasburg is on a limit of 90 pitches.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:01 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:37 am

Strasburg's fourth inning

Stephen Strasburg is human.

Delwyn Young became the first player to homer off of Stephen Strasburg to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead after the fourth.

Strasburg gave up two singles to start the inning, but seemed to have a chance to get out of the game when he got Garrett Jones to ground into a double play.

Then on an 0-1 changeup,  Young drove a ball into the first row of seats in right, giving the Pirates the lead. The next batter, Andy LaRoche, popped up to end the inning.

Strasburg now has 56 pitches, 34 strikes, through four.

In the bottom of the third, Strasburg nearly had a hit in his first at-bat, grounding to shortstop Ronny Cedenio in the hole. Strasburg jogged out of the box or else he would have had an infield single.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:38 am

The extras for tonight's show

The Pirates have tabbed these nine meant to walk the plank versus Stephen Strasburg.

Andrew McCutchen cf
Neil Walker 2b
Lastings Milledge lf
Garrett Jones 1b
Delwyn Young rf
Andy LaRoche 3b
Ronny Cedeno ss
Jason Jaramillo c
Jeff Karstens rhp

Everyone will be watching how these batters do tonight, but nobody will be paying too much attention to them -- just what their results tell us about Strasburg.

In the end, one of these nine will tell their kids he was the first to be struck out by Strasburg, another may say he had the fist hit and yet another could be the first to hit a home run off the most hyped pitcher in a generation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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