Neil Walker hasn’t played since being spiked on the right hand by Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma and needing six stitches on April 27, and the Pirates have finally placed him on the disabled list.
Walker has been able to take ground balls and throw, but the deep laceration has made gripping and swinging a bat impossible.
Brandon Inge will continue to fill in at second base for Walker, who hit .253 with a .693 OPS in 23 games before the injury.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.
Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.