New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker said he is feeling pain free this spring after he underwent season-ending back surgery last September.
Walker, 31, told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo he is feeling good after making his first appearance in a game Sunday, going 0-for-2 and playing five innings at second base in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.
"I can tell as soon as I wake up in the morning that anything that I dealt with basically for four years is completely gone," Walker said. "Today was a really good day. There was no apprehension on my part. To take some full swings, to get those out of the way, those are the last kind of hurdles that make me fully feel confident in what I'm doing."
Before undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, Walker hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBIs in his first season as a Met. He signed a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to remain a Met in the offseason.