“The notion that what he has currently is ‘career-ending’ is a fabrication,” Alderson said. “I don’t want people to become too concerned about where we are. I don’t think it’s as serious as it’s been portrayed.”
Mostly, Alderson said, Walker is seeking a second opinion to receive assurances that playing through the injury will not put him at risk of further injuring his back. Should he receive those assurances, Walker could return to the Mets’ lineup as soon as this week.
It is a difficult situation for Walker, who is due to become a free agent after this season for the first time in his career. The Mets have already expressed interest in re-signing Walker, particularly after trading away Dilson Herrera, his most obvious replacement candidate, in a July 31 deal for Jay Bruce. But a significant injury in September could significantly dampen Walker’s value on the open market at age 31.
Medical issues aside, Walker is enjoying a stellar first season in New York, batting .282 with 23 home runs in 113 games. Both Alderson and Collins have lauded the second baseman’s work as a clubhouse leader.
The Mets were also expecting a medical update Wednesday on Steven Matz, who was due to see another doctor regarding his left shoulder impingement. While Alderson hopes Matz will be able to pitch again this season, he was less confident about that than he was about Walker.
“It’s a day-to-day proposition right now, until we get to such point that we decide, ‘Look, given the amount of time left in the season and his condition, it’s not day to day,'” Alderson said. “We’re not at the point yet where we say, ‘Look, it doesn’t many any sense to continue.'”
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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