The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated second baseman Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list, tweets Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Walker started both Tuesday and Wednesday's games at second following his activation.
#pirates fill Tabata's spot by activating @NeilWalker18 from DL.
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 24, 2014
Walker was originally scratched before Pittsburgh’s game on June 9 with abdominal pain and underwent appendectomy surgery shorty after. He missed exactly 15 games due to the injury, although Josh Harrison has played well at second in Walker’s absence and should continue to get playing time as a utility man.
To clear room for Walker, the Pirates have sent outfielder Jose Tabata outright to Triple-A Indianapolis. Tabata owns a .658 OPS in 62 games this season and has mostly been used in a bench role over the past month, particularly after top prospect Gregory Polanco was called up on June 10.
The Pirates, who sit just three games back of a National League Wild Card spot at 38-38, will welcome Walker’s bat back into the lineup. Walker posted a .280/.353/.452 line in 62 games before the injury and his 11 home runs are still tied for second on the club.
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