Mets 2B Neil Walker out for season, likely to have back surgery

Mets second baseman Neil Walker will have back surgery and miss the rest of the season.
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Mets second baseman Neil Walker will miss the rest of the season and likely have back surgery, manager Terry Collins told reporters Wednesday.

Walker was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back this week. He has missed seven games in August dealing with the injury, which is affecting his legs and feet. Collins told reporters Walker will likely opt for surgery after it first seemed he would play through the pain. The second baseman is set to address the media on Thursday.

The 30-year-old infielder was hitting .282 with 23 home runs this season. The Mets inked him to a one-year deal to replace Daniel Murphy, and Walker will be a free agent again this off-season.

The Mets are 69–64 after beating the Marlins on Wednesday and sit second in the NL East. They are currently without several injured regulars, including pitchers Steven Matz and Matt Harvey, third baseman David Wright and first baseman Lucas Duda.