MLB: Pirates 2B Walker out for remainder of season

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeSeptember 28, 2012


Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will miss the remaining six games of the season with a herniated disk in his back, MLB.com reported Friday.
The decision was made after Walker visited a back specialist earlier in the day.
Walker batted .280 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 129 games.

---Minnesota Twins infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka was granted his unconditional release Friday, making him a free agent.
Nishioka requested his release, absolving the Twins of their 2013 financial obligations, which included a $3 million salary or a $250,000 buyout.
"I would like to thank the Twins organization for helping me fulfill my dream of playing in Major League Baseball," Nishioka said in a statement. "I take full responsibility for my performance which was below my own expectations. At this time, I have made the decision that it is time to part ways. I have no regrets and know that only through struggle can a person grow stronger. I appreciate all the support the team and the fans in Minnesota and Rochester have shown me. Arigatou gozaimasu (Thank you)."
The 28-year-old batted .215 in 233 at-bats over two seasons. He spent most of the 2012 season at Triple-A Rochester.

---An investigation of potential criminal wrongdoing in the fall of Curt Schilling's video-game company 38 Studios has been dropped, the U.S. Attorney's office in Rhode Island said Friday.
"This office conducted a very narrowly focused review for potential violations of various federal statutes, including bank fraud," Jim Martin, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, told the Providence Journal. "That review is concluded and there will be no further review."
The investigation began after a previous Providence Journal report that said the Bank Rhode Island had loaned $8.5 million earlier this year to help the now-bankrupt company stay in business. Subpoenas were issued to the bank and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp., which sold $75 million in taxpayer-backed bonds to lure 38 Studios to Providence in 2010.