Mets second 2B Neil Walker has been pain free this spring training after he undergoing season-ending back surgery last September, he told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo this past weekend in St. Lucie.
Walker, 31, said he is feeling good after making his first appearance in a game on Sunday, going 0-for-2 and playing five innings at second base during a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Tradition Field.
"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 RBI in his first season with the Mets. He signed a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to remain a Met in the offseason.