New York Mets’ Daniel Murphy has been sidelined due to a strained intercostal muscle, but manager Terry Collins told reporters,
including Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, that the second baseman is roughly seven
to 10 days aware from getting back into a spring training lineup.
"Certainly we're looking forward to getting him out
here pretty soon and starting the process of the dry swings, followed by the
tee, followed by the soft toss," Collins said. "The issue with Murph
is to pull him back a little bit, because when he starts swinging, he can swing
a 1,000 times before you know it."
Collins added that Murphy should begin swinging a bat in the
next couple of days. The second baseman received a cortisone shot on Feb. 19
after injuring his side.
Murphy hit .291/.332/.403 with 40 doubles, three triples and
six home runs over 612 plate appearances last season for the Mets. The
27-year-old owns a career batting line of .292/.339/.427 over parts of four
seasons in the majors.
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