Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker left the game tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning with a dislocated pinky finger on his right hand.
Hometown fielded a Matt Kemp ground ball that screamed past Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez. Walker ran and got Dodgers second baseman on a close force out at second base and fired the throw to first.
As Walker came to the ground he placed out his right hand on the PNC Park turf, and immediately rolled over in obvious pain. There wasn’t a hotter Pittsburgh Pirates player than Walker.
Walker has driven in more teammates than any National League second basemen this season. He is tied with Dan Uggla and Aaron Hill for the NL lead in homers. The Local Guy as fans have known to call him on twitter has hit 14 long balls and is chasing down Bill Mazeroski’s record (19) for homeruns in a season for a Pirates second baseman.
The Pirates had placed the fewest members of their team on the disabled list this season. The injury will likely keep Walker out of action moving forward, the exact amount of time hasn’t been officially mentioned, which is a big blow for the Bucs. Get well soon Neil.