08/06/11 7:50 PM ET
Walker honored with Heart and Hustle award
By Laura Myers / MLB.com
One player from each team was honored by the MLB Players Alumni Association with the award, which celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball, on and off the field.
"It's very humbling. Of the awards [for which] you can get picked by your peers or the alumni, I think that's a pretty good award to receive," Walker said. "I think there was a lot of people in this locker room that could have got it as well. But I feel very fortunate."
Walker leads the National League with 78 double plays turned and is third among second basemen with a .989 fielding percentage. He is active in community service, especially with the Miracle League, a youth baseball league for children with disabilities.
"To give back to the community in general is something that I'm very passionate about," Walker said. "For me it's not so much to do community service as it is to try to help put a smile on a kid's face or let a kid feel what it's like to meet a Major League Baseball player or play on a field ... that they would never get a chance to do if they're in a wheelchair or have trouble walking.
"I don't see it as work. I see it as an enjoyable experience to give back to some kids that don't get the chance to live a normal life."
MLB Alumni and active players will vote on the overall winner from among the 30 team winners, and that player will be announced on Nov. 3 at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City, an event that raises funds for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics.
Bucs recall Lincoln, send Watson to Triple-A
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have spent days discussing a move for a fresh arm in the bullpen, which has been stretched thin in recent weeks. They made that move Saturday when they recalled pitcher Brad Lincoln from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned Tony Watson to Indy.
Watson allowed four runs in his last three appearances, a total of 4 1/3 innings. In 25 appearances this season since his Major League debut on June 8, he allowed runs in just six outings and had a 2.73 ERA.
"I have options. Obviously guys are getting fatigued here, later in the summer," Watson said. "I'm going to get my work in and hopefully get back up here soon."
Lincoln has been with the Pirates just once this season, when he started the second game of a double-header against Washington on July 2. He was scheduled to start Saturday for Indianapolis, but found out Friday night that he would be joining the Pirates.
"I'm glad to be here and help turn around this little bad spell we've been having," he said. "We'll get through it."
Lincoln is 7-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 19 games with Indianapolis this season. Though he was a starter in Triple-A, he said he would be operating out of the bullpen with the Pirates for the time being.
Presley to continue rehab in Bradenton
PITTSBURGH -- Alex Presley is scheduled to leave for Bradenton on Sunday in order to continue his recovery from a left thumb contusion that landed him on the disabled list last week.
Presley threw soft toss on Friday and said he hopes to take batting practice soon.
"Hopefully I'll get in a game or two," Presley said, "and past that I don't know."
Other injury updates:
Jose Tabata (left quadriceps) began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday. Manager Clint Hurdle said Tabata would be evaluated on Wednesday.
"He has worked so hard. We're just going to get him going, see where he finishes up on Wednesday," Hurdle said. "Nothing's set in stone at this time. He's out, and he's going to start playing."
Chase d'Arnaud (right pinky fracture) will begin to take batting practice in Bradenton, Hurdle said.
Evan Meek (right shoulder tendinitis) threw a side session Saturday and reported it went well, Hurdle said.
Derrek Lee (sore left hand) was held from the lineup for the third straight day Saturday.
The Pirates did not have to report to the ballpark until 4:30 p.m. Saturday and did not take batting practice.
The Pirates have signed fifth round Draft selection Tyler Glasnow and 37th round outfielder Rodarrick Jones. They have now signed 20 of this year's picks.
Glasnow, a right-handed pitcher, was committed to the University of Portland.
Laura Myers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.