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Pirates place Neil Walker on disabled list

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will be out until late July.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will be out until late July. (USATSI)

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list with right-side soreness, the club announced Tuesday early evening. The move is retroactive to July 7, and infielder Josh Harrison has been recalled as a corresponding move.

Jordy Mercer is playing second Tuesday night for the Pirates against the Athletics, with Clint Barmes manning shortstop.

Walker has been dealing with the soreness issue for several days and hoped to avoid a stint on the DL, but apparently the lack of improvement spurred the Pirates to make a move. The 27-year-old is hitting .244/.347/.384 with 11 doubles, three triples, six homers and 26 RBI in 72 games this year.

Of note here is the All-Star break comes next week, meaning that spending 15 days on the disabled list wouldn't amount to missing as many games as usual.

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