Daniel Murphy made his spring training debut. It only took until the final week of the spring for that to happen. Such is the problem with intercostal strains (are you paying attention David Wright?). Murphy has missed six weeks with the strain. Now, he says he still thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day.
The Mets open the season against the San Diego Padres on Monday. According to Jorge Castillo of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, it's possible that Murphy plays in the opener. However, Mets' manager Terry Collins says Murphy will need to push it to make that happen.
“He needs to a little bit – otherwise, he stays here,” Collins said. “He’s got to show us that he’s ready to play. He’s got to show us that he’s not going to have a problem swinging a bat or with the mobility because he hasn’t played much so he’s got to go play.”
Murphy is a key part of the Mets' lineup. He provides a solid middle-infield presence - an area of weakness across the league for the most part. Murphy appeared to be on the market for a while, but it seems the interest level shown by teams over the last couple seasons has served to convince the Mets to keep him. Murphy is in his first year of arbitration-eligibility.
In his career, Murphy has hit .292/.339/.427. He missed the entire 2010 season with injuries. Fortunately, this current injury is not one that should keep him out of many games in the regular season. Murphy looked good in his spring debut, and if he plays like that one more time before the season starts, he probably will be in the Opening Day lineup.
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