New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker said he was feeling great after making his first appearance in a game on Sunday for first time since undergoing season-ending back surgery last September.
“I can tell as soon as I wake up in the morning, anything that I dealt with for basically four years is completely gone. That’s one part. Then you get to the field, do your routine, you do your swings, you stretch, you throw, you lift weights,” said Walker. (NY Daily News)
“Then you go through the progression of spring training, batting practice, ground balls. You’re going to get more work in spring training than you will come the season. This is real sense of relief. Today was a really good day. There was no apprehension on my part.”
Walker, 31, went hitless in two at-bats and played five innings at second base in Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Last season, the former Pirate batted .282/.347/.476 with a career high 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 113 games played. He signed a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to remain a Met in the offseason.