Walker reaches 100, Clement’s future, and Meek’s injury update
- Neil Walker hit his 100th hit this season during the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Nationals. Walker is just the sixth Pirates switch-hitter to reach the 100 hit plateau as a Rookie. The last time this feat was achieved was in 1982 when Johnny Ray had 182. He is followed by: Jim Russell (138 in ’43), Johnny Gooch (116 in ’22), Max Carey (110 in ’11) and Otis Clymer (108 in ’05). -Pirates.com
- Pitcher Joe Martinez was re-called from Triple-A Indy.
- After the Triple-A season ends on Tuesday, expect a few more guys to be called up. Brad Lincoln is still being considered.
“It depends on where Brad is and how he feels and what type of command he has,” Huntington said. “I don’t want to make [Monday's start] a do-or-die situation for Brad. It’s going to be dictated by his health, and then also the command of the stuff that he has coming out.”
Brandon Moss has had an outstanding year for the Indians this season. He is being considered as well, even though he is not currently on the 40-man.
“Brandon is the one that emotionally you would love to bring to the big leagues,” Huntington said. “Intellectually, you take a step back and how does he fit short term? How does he fit long term? How does he get an opportunity to show us what he’s done? Because there are some other guys that are going to continue to play.”
- While rehabbing his left knee in with Triple-A Indy, Jeff Clement pulled his left oblique muscle. Clement had an exam on Saturday and will be out the rest of the season.
It will be interesting to see what is in the future for Jeff. After losing the starting job at first-base this season, he batted just .201 with three doubles, seven home runs, 12 RBI’s in 54 games.
“There is still an opportunity, it’s just a matter of being healthy,” Russell said. “The main thing we’re concerned about now is being healthy. Coming into next year, we’ll see how he fits. If the guy goes out and does what he’s capable of doing, you make opportunities. That’s what we’re looking for out of Jeff next year.”
- Things are looking good for Evan Meek. He is expected to pitch out of the bullpen on Monday. Meek threw long toss on flat ground on Saturday and also thre off the mound on Sunday.