According to a report from Anthony DiComo of Mets.com, for the first time this spring, the Mets are considering the realistic possibility that second baseman Daniel Murphy will not be ready for Opening Day.
Murphy has been complaining of stiffness since playing some second base in simulated game for five innings on Friday. He did not swing a bat. Since then, he has been complaining of stiffness and it appears his intercostal injury will keep him off the playing field indefinitely.
He was originally scheduled to participate in Minor League games this past weekend and then join the team in some actual Grapefruit League games at some point this week. Now that plan has been scratched.
“He’s pretty stiff again today,” said Mets head trainer Ray Ramirez on Sunday. The Mets plan to rest Murphy until at least Wednesday according to manager Terry Collins.
DiComo speculates that if Murphy is not ready to play by next weekend, there’s a good chance he will begin the year on the disabled list.