Neil Walker visited manager Clint Hurdle twice Tuesday, something Hurdle joked the second baseman does not do when he is healthy.

“The more he does this,” Hurdle said, using his hand to mime talking, “the healthier he’s getting.”

Hurdle continued to mime.

“We’re getting a lot of this.”

Walker took batting practice and fielded grounders Tuesday, another step in his recovery from an appendectomy that forced him to the 15-day disabled list. He was scheduled to simulate coming off the bench to pinch-hit by heading into the batting cages and hitting off the pitching machine late in the game Tuesday night.

“I saw the doctor today, and he didn’t think that there was any reason to slow myself down,” Walker said. “There’s nothing that I could do, swinging, torqueing, running, that’s going to bother it.”

Walker had the appendectomy June 9 and is eligible to return next Tuesday. He said he hopes to return as soon as his 15 days are up.