Back surgery to end Walker’s sea­son

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

NEW YORK — Mets sec­ond base­man Neil Walker will miss the rest of the sea­son be­cause of surgery for a her­ni­ated disk in his back, the lat­est in a se­ries of se­vere in­juries to strike the de­fend­ing Na­tional League cham­pi­ons.

Walker made the an­nounce­ment be­fore the wild-card con­tenders played the Mar­lins.

“It just wasn’t get­ting bet­ter,” he said.

Had Walker con­tin­ued to play, he es­ti­mated he would’ve been at “60 per­cent.” Or, as Mets man­ager Terry Collins said Walker told him, “Not sure I can help.”

Walker has been a steady pres­ence in his first sea­son with the Mets, ty­ing a ca­reer high with 23 home runs while bat­ting .282 with 55 RBIs. Collins of­ten has praised Walker for his pro­duc­tion on the field and his lead­er­ship qual­i­ties in the club­house.

“Walk gave it his best ef­fort,” Collins said, later ad­ding, “Neil’s played ab­so­lutely great.”

Walker said he felt OK to swing, but that it was the other things — div­ing for balls, slid­ing, try­ing to break up dou­ble plays — that is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. He said the back prob­lem has left him with­out feel­ing in his toe.

No one thing caused him the trouble, he said. In­stead, the cause was the “cul­mi­na­tion of the wear and tear of base­ball.”

“I’ve played through this for four years,” he said.

The switch-hit­ter, who turns 31 this month, said the suc­cess rate for his type of surgery is “very high” and that the re­cov­ery pe­riod is three months.

No date has yet been set for the surgery.

Third base­man David Wright, first base­man Lu­cas Duda, ace Matt Har­vey, slug­ger Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes and short­stop As­drubal Cabr­era also have missed sig­nif­i­cant time this sea­son.

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