Mets 2B Neil Walker is scratched from the Mets lineup for the third day in a row due to lower back stiffness.
Update, Aug. 18:
Walker was scratched from Thursday's series opener in San Francisco for the third day in a row because of lower back stiffness. Terry Collins said the medical staff does not believe Walker needs to go on the disabled list. He's with the team in San Francisco but prepared to go to Pittsburgh should his wife go into labor.
"Anytime it's the lower back, it's day to day," Terry Collins told reporters Wednesday in Arizona. "He wanted to play and I said, 'Not today.' I don't need this to tighten up. Due to the weather we have been playing in, these guys have been sweating a lot and the last thing we need is for his back to knot up."
Walker, who missed three games in June with a similar condition, is hitting .455 with two doubles, one triple, six home runs, 14 runs scored and 14 RBI in 19 games since July 27.
His wife, Niki, is expecting to soon give birth to the couple's first child, after which he will likely miss at least two games on paternity leave.