Walker (oblique) expects to return sooner from his current stay on the injured list than he did when he landed on the IL with the same injury April 12, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Walker, who was placed on the injured list for a second time due to a right oblique strain, underwent an MRI on Wednesday that indicated the severity of the injury is less than it was a month ago. That leaves him optimistic that he can beat the 21-day/18-game absence he experienced the first time on the IL.
Walker was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with right oblique soreness. The first baseman just returned from the IL on May 3 after a strained right oblique sidelined him for nearly a month, so this latest development could mean an aggravation of that injury. Walker, hitting .203 on the season, recorded a hit in six of his seven games after returning from the first IL stint. Infielder Andrew Young was recalled to replace Walker on the active roster.
Walker was removed from Tuesday's win over the Marlins with discomfort in his right oblique muscle, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Walker was pulled during the seventh inning after going 1-for-3 and replaced by Pavin Smith at first base. He spent three weeks on the injured list due to a strained right oblique from April 12 to May 3.
Walker is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets. Walker went 2-for-8 with two walks and an RBI through the first two games of the series and will take a seat for the finale. Pavin Smith will start at first base and bat leadoff Sunday versus Jacob deGrom.
Walker isn't starting Thursday's game against the Marlins. Walker returned to the lineup in each of the last two games and went 2-for-9 with a run and four strikeouts. Pavin Smith will shift to first base while Daulton Varsho takes over in center field.