NEW YORK -- Neil Walker will see a specialist on Friday upon his return to Pittsburgh, after sitting out the final three of the four-game series in New York. It is a previously-scheduled appointment to diagnose his progress with a lower-back problem, not in response to any new development. The possibility of the second baseman remaining shelved for the season's final homestand, and final six games, is still under consideration. "We're still evaluating, working through that," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We're trying to make sure we get the right diagnosis. We also have to stay connected to the player, listen to what he has to say."
In Walker's absence, Josh Harrison made his third straight start at second base -- and fifth consecutive start overall. Harrison was 7-for-18 in the first four of those, and was hitting .308 (16-for-52) in his last 13 starts.