TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pirates notebook: Walker blames hotel beds for bad back

Pirates/MLB Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Pirates podcasts

  • Loading...

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 3:06 p.m.
 

Neil Walker returned to the Pirates lineup Tuesday and blamed hotel beds for a bad back that bothered him last weekend.

“I just needed a little rest,” he said. “I had some tightness that just needed to calm down. Fortunately, the off day came at a good time. I probably could have played on Sunday, but we didn't want to push it with having (Monday) off.”

The second baseman said the pain was nothing like the lower-back problems that kept him out of 27 of the final 35 games in 2012. His hips were out of alignment, he said, and after he was evened up, it helped relieve the pressure he was feeling in his back.

“We were on the road for 10 days, and sleeping in hotel beds is never a lot of fun,” he said. “Fortunately, I'm back to where I was a few days ago.”

Walker left Tuesday's game in the eighth inning with back tightness.

“He came to us and said his back tightened up,” manager Clint Hurdle said.

Marte returns from 7-day DL; Alvarez goes on bereavement

The Pirates reinstated Starling Marte from the seven-day concussion disabled list after a three-game rehab assignment. To make room on the active roster, third baseman Pedro Alvarez was placed on the bereavement list.

Marte played center field in place of the injured Andrew McCutchen for the opener against the Miami Marlins. Jayson Nix started at third base.

“He played the outfield and had one hit in 12 at-bats,” Hurdle said of Marte's rehab with Triple-A Indianapolis. “No repercussions of any of the effects he was feeling. He seems to be in a good place physically. He got to see some pitches and go out and play defense.”

Same view, different feel

Garrett Jones made the drive from the Pittsburgh airport to Downtown countless times as a Pirate, but doing it as a member of the Marlins was a bit different, he said.

“It brought back a lot of memories,” said Jones, who signed with the Marlins in the offseason. “It's cool to remember what we did last year and have those memories come back. The stadium rocking and to be a part of that, it was something special that I'll never forget.”

Jones is batting .253 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs this year and had a season-long eight-game hitting streak snapped Friday. He said he was looking forward to stepping onto the field at PNC Park.

“It'll be good to get out there with that crowd I used to see all the time,” said Jones, who received a warm reception before his first at-bat, a single to left field. “Pittsburgh's always been a great atmosphere to play baseball.”

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Marte’s 2 fine defensive plays rescue Pirates in victory over Reds
  2. Pirates trade for Dodgers 1B/OF Morse, Mariners LHP Happ
  3. Pirates place Burnett on 15-day disabled list
  4. Hurdle: Soria likely to assume setup role with Watson
  5. Gameday: Pirates at Cincinnati, Aug. 1, 2015
  6. Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
  7. Pirates’ Burnett endures another poor start in blowout loss to Reds
  8. Pirates notebook: Blanton introduced; Worley designated for assignment
  9. Gameday: Pirates at Reds, July 31, 2015
  10. Pirates acquire pitcher Blanton from Royals for cash
  11. Pirates notebook: Prospect Tucker unaware of ‘trade’ frenzy