Pirates activate second baseman Neil Walker from DL

Neil Walker is ready to man the keystone for Pittsburgh once again.
Neil Walker is ready to man the keystone for Pittsburgh once again. USATSI

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After being sidelined since April 26 with a lacerated hand, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is back in the fold. On Monday, Pittsburgh activated Walker from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the active roster, the Pirates optioned infielder Jordy Mercer back to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Walker is batting .253/.352/.342 in 23 games this season. For his career, the 27-year-old Walker owns an OPS+ of 111 across parts of five seasons. During Walker's recently completed minor-league rehab assignment he went 5-for-12.

Walker suffered the injury from an accidental spiking by Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma.

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