I reported on June 16 that Walker was progressing from his emergency appendectomy and was able to complete some running drills. Walker's progression has continued according to a tweet from Rob Biertempfel, who covers the Pirates for the Pittsburgh Tribune..
#Pirates Hurdle said @NeilWalker18 will take bp and grounders on field today, then simulate getting ready to pinch-hit during game.Walker, in his sixth Major League season, has played his entire career with the Pirates. He's batting .280 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 239 at bats this season. He's on a pace to shatter his season high in home runs of 16, which he set last season. In 610 career games, Walker has a batting average of .274 with 65 home runs and 306 RBI.
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 17, 2014
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