by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/17/2013) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is back at second base Monday against the Braves.
Murphy was being used as the team's primary first baseman with Ike Davis in the minors, but that experiment could be over. Lucas Duda will start at first Monday. Murphy will face Braves starter Tim Hudson.
Murphy is hitting. 281/.321/.426 in 256 at-bats.
Daniel Murphy drives in two runs
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/15/2013) Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy drove in two of the three runs his team scored Friday in a 6-3 loss to the Cubs. Murphy went 2 for 5.
The No. 2 hitter singled home a run in the third inning and added another RBI single in the seventh. He now has 31 RBI on the year and is batting .285.
Murphy slumped early in June but has gone 6 for 19 (.316) over his last five games with a homer and five RBI.
Daniel Murphy playing first
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/11/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is starting at first base Tuesday against the Cardinals.
The move had been anticipated. Murphy will serve as the primary first baseman until Ike Davis returns. The move also allows the team to see what Jordany Valdespin can give them at second.
Murphy is hitting .288/.325/.442 in 233 at-bats.
Daniel Murphy to serve as primary first baseman
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/10/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will be the club's primary first baseman while Ike Davis is in the minors.
Murphy has played first base for the team in the past, but not this season. The move will allow the club to use Jordany Valdespin as their primary starter at second. Murphy's move to first is considered temporary, as Davis is expected to fill the role when he returns from his stint in the minors.
Murphy is hitting .288/.325/.442 in 233 at-bats.
Daniel Murphy gets start as cleanup hitter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/9/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy moved into the cleanup spot Sunday against the Marlins for the first time this season. He made one appearance as a cleanup hitter last year and made his last start batting cleanup in 2011.
Murphy is a career .303 hitter in 54 games batting fourth. He also has four triples, five home runs, 20 doubles, 28 RBI and a .498 slugging percentage.
Since back-to-back three-hit games May 22-24, Murphy is batting .185 (10 for 54) with four doubles and four RBI in his last 12 games.
Daniel Murphy puts end to early June swoon
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/6/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy put an end to a 0-for-13 slide to begin June with a 2-for-4 performance Wednesday against the Nationals. Murphy added a double, walk, RBI and two runs.
Murphy has 10 multi-hit games since May 12. He's batting .333 (31 for 93) with a .516 slugging percentage, .873 OPS, two home runs, 11 doubles, 12 RBI and 16 runs in his last 23 games.
Daniel Murphy drives in game-winner
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/28/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was shifted back down to the No. 2 spot in the batting order Monday against the Yankees.
Murphy came up big with an RBI single in the eighth inning to break a tied game. He finished 1 for 4 with an RBI in a 2-1 victory. He is hitting .299/.335/.455 in 187 at-bats.
Daniel Murphy notches three hits against Reds
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 3 for 4 in Wednesday's loss to Cincinnati.
Murphy scored twice and knocked in two more. The effort pushed his average over .300, as his line sits at a sharp .302/.333/.465.
Daniel Murphy stays hot in leadoff spot
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who moved into the leadoff spot Sunday for the first time since 2009, hit a go-ahead, solo home run in the eighth inning, lifting New York to a 4-3 win against the Cubs. The home run also extended Murphy's hitting streak to eight games.
Murphy, who finished 1 for 4 with two runs, is batting .469 (15 for 32) with two home runs, five RBI, five doubles and seven runs during his hitting streak.
Hot-hitting Daniel Murphy elevated to leadoff spot
Murphy took a seven-game hitting streak into Sunday's game, batting .500 (14 for 28) in that span. He also had a home run, four RBI, five runs and five doubles in that span.
"I'll see how it goes," manager Terry Collins said about Murphy remaining the leadoff hitter, per ESPN. "He's swinging good. He's swinging great. And we've got to get guys on ahead of David [Wright]. ... I figured I'd give it a shot and get him up there enough times and maybe he can do some damage."
Daniel Murphy gets over .300
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy hit safely in his seventh game in a row Saturday against the Cubs, pushing his batting average back above .300.
Murphy went 2 for 4 with two singles and struck out once in an 8-2 loss. Murphy has multiple hits in four of seven games, batting .500 during his streak.
Murphy's batting average fell to a season-low .258 May 11.
Daniel Murphy stays hot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy remained hot Thursday against the Cardinals.
Murphy went 4 for 4, with two singles and two doubles. Murphy also walked during the game. He added an RBI and scored two runs. Murphy now has 10 hits in his last five games.
Daniel Murphy's hot play earns him more time
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy wasn't going to start Thursday against the Cardinals, but his strong play kept him in the lineup.
Manager Terry Collins said he expected to use Jordany Valdespin at second Thusday but didn't want to sit Murphy. "Dan's swinging too good, so I just said, 'We'll put [Valdespin] in right field.'
Daniel Murphy starting to hit again
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is starting to dig his way out of a slump.
In his last four games, Murphy has seven hits and is hitting .278/.314/.410 in 144 at-bats. Murphy will bat second against Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright Thursday.
Red-hot Daniel Murphy notches first stolen base
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1 for 4 with a double and his first stolen base of the season in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Cardinals. After enduring a 0-for-17 stretch earlier in May, Murphy is 7 for 12 in his last four games.
"It's tough to explain," Murphy told MLB.com. "Once you start feeling good and then you have some success for it, it just lends to more peace and less anxiety."
Murphy has hit .278/.314/.410 in 153 plate appearances this season.
Daniel Murphy snaps long cold stretch
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy finished 1 for 4 with a double during a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh Sunday. Murphy, who started three of the four-game series, ended an 0-for-17 skid with his first extra-base hit since April 30 in the eighth inning.
After hitting .346 with nine multi-hit performances in his first 20 games this season, Murphy has seven hits since then and entered Sunday hitting .143 during May. He's hitting .258 on the year.
Daniel Murphy out of starting lineup Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is 1 for 14 in his last four games, was out of the starting lineup Friday for his team's game against the Pirates. He has spent a lot of time in the batting cage this week trying to fix his swing, the Star-Ledgerreports.
Murphy has hit .266/.308/.395 with two home runs in 133 plate appearances this season.
Daniel Murphy collects two hits in win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy doubled and singled in his five trips to the plate during Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Marlins. He also scored his team-leading 19th run in the game, putting him three behind the NL lead in the category.
Murphy hadn't recorded a hit for extra bases since April 18 before Wednesday's action. He has hit .295/.330/.448 with two home runs in 112 plate appearances this season.
Daniel Murphy to see less playing time?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins said the promotion of outfielder Juan Lagares will allow him to have some versatility with his lineup, which includes playing Jordany Valdespin at second base to spell starter Daniel Murphy.
Murphy has started all but one of 18 games at second base, which includes Tuesday against the Dodgers. Murphy entered Tuesday batting .348 (23 for 66) with a triple, two home runs, seven doubles and 12 RBI in 17 games.
Daniel Murphy riding another streak
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy extended his hitting streak to five games during Sunday's 2-0 win over Washington. It's the second time this season Murphy has hit safely in five consecutive games as his batting average stands at .348.
During his current run, the 28-year-old has recorded two multi-hit performances but has just one RBI after driving in 11 runs over his first 11 games.
Looking at Daniel Murphy's hot start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is one of the most-added players in CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues over the last week, thanks to a hot run that has him with a career-high .994 on-base plus slugging percentage through 16 games.
Murphy ranks in the top-30 in the majors in RBI with 12, and he's fourth in runs scored, with 17. His success so far has been fueled by a .355 batting averaging and 10 extra-base hits in 62 at-bats, both of which are career-best paces. Unfortunately for Murphy and his Fantasy owners, value is determined based on what you are likely to do, rather than what you have done, as Scott White points out in the comments of his Hit Parade column for Week 4 (April 22-28).
Murphy has done good things in the past, and there are reasons to like him as a player. He is a career .294 hitter who rarely strikes out, so he tends to be pretty consistent overall. Unfortunately, he also offers little in secondary categories, best exemplified by his career highs of 10 stolen bases and 12 home runs in separate seasons.
A solid batting average is nice to have, and Murphy has actually been providing more than that for the first time in his career this season. We just don't think there is a solid-enough foundation for Murphy to keep this up and become a solid starting option every week.
Daniel Murphy stays hot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has turned in two strong weeks to start the season.
Murphy has shown some ability over his career, but has lacked upside in Fantasy leagues. He's been able to hit for solid averages, but doesn't add a lot of power or speed. Murphy has already hit two home runs this season, and would become much more valuable if he's able to continue hitting for power the rest of the year. Murphy's career high in the category is just six.
Daniel Murphy heats up
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy had his fourth multi-hit game in the last five Friday against the Twins, and it was his best yet.
Murphy went 4 for 5 with two doubles, one of which cleared a bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning. He added a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to put a cherry on top of a 16-5 win. Murphy finished with three runs scored and a season-high four RBI.
Murphy is batting .368 with two home runs, 10 RBI and eight extra-base hits through the first 10 games of the season. He has struck out just four times in 38 at bats.
Daniel Murphy could move down in lineup if he remains hot
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins indicated to MLB.com that second baseman Daniel Murphy could be moved lower in the order if he stays hot with the bat. Murphy, who has hit second in the lineup in each of his seven starts, is hitting .333/.375/.700 with two HRs in 32 plate appearances this season.
Daniel Murphy seeking early groove
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) After collecting just two hits during the Mets' season-opening series against San Diego, second baseman Daniel Murphy made a larger impact in a loss to the Marlins Friday with his first homer of the year.
Murphy, who was limited to just 10 plate appearances during Grapefruit League play because of an injury, blasted a three-run shot off Chad Qualls in the seventh inning.
"It’s tough for me to say a normal April 5th," Murphy told the New York Post about his timing at the plate. "I haven’t had a lot of them. I’ve only been in the big leagues for a couple years. It’s a day at a time."
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins said he chose to give second baseman Daniel Murphy the day off Thursday against the Padres before the team faces three right-handed starters over the weekend against the Marlins. Justin Turner started at second base against left-hander Eric Stults.
Murphy has managed two hits in nine at-bats (.222) through the first two games. He has one RBI and has yet to strike out or draw a walk.
Daniel Murphy shows no sign of issue
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles and an RBI during New York's 11-2 win over San Diego on opening day Monday. Murphy slotted as the No. 2 hitter in the batting order and and displayed no limitations from an intercostal injury that limited him to just three games during spring training.
Daniel Murphy settles into second place
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) After a successful -- and most importantly, pain-free -- run at the end of spring training, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was in the starting lineup for Monday's season opener against San Diego. Murphy was sidelined with an intercostal injury for most of spring training, but was able to play three games last week and finished 3 for 10.
Murphy assumed the No. 2 spot in the batting order versus the Padres, a position he thrived in last season. He collected 22 of his 40 doubles from the two-hole while also hitting .309 in the spot ahead of David Wright.
Daniel Murphy reports no pain in spring debut
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013)Daniel Murphy reported no pain in his spring debut, according to ESPN New York. Murphy went 1 for 3 with a single before exiting the game.
Murphy said he has no doubt he'll be ready for opening day. "I didn't feel it at all," Muprhy said, referring to his side. "Now I'll just use these next two days to get my legs underneath me as much as possible." Barring a setback, Murphy will be the Mets' opening day second baseman.
Daniel Murphy to make spring debut Thursday
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will play in his first spring training game on Thursday, ESPN New York reports.
Murphy has been sidelined due to a lingering intercostal injury. Barring an aggravation, Murphy is expected to be in the Mets' openingd day lineup. The lefty hit .291/.332/.403 in 156 games last season.
Daniel Murphy ready for spring games?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins said second baseman Daniel Murphy (rib) might play in a spring training game Thursday, according to ESPN. Murphy, who has been sidelined all spring, has been playing in minor-league games in case the team needs to backdate his disabled list stint.
Daniel Murphy plays the field in minors
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) MLB.com reports Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy played seven innings in the field during a Triple-A game against the Marlins on Monday. Murphy, who has been sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle, went 0 for 5.
Murphy said earlier Monday that he "felt good" and "would like to be there" on opening day.
Daniel Murphy to play in minor-league game Monday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will play in a minor-league game Monday.
Murphy has been sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle this spring. He played five innings during a minor-league game Sunday, going 1-2 with a walk. Murphy doesn’t know how long he’ll play Monday, saying “it’s more of a feel thing rather than a set number.”
The 27-year-old is not expected to be ready for opening day.
Daniel Murphy planning for opening day
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (rib) played five innings during a minor-league game Sunday, boosting his chances of being ready for the start of the regular season. Murphy, who has been limited all spring with a nagging intercostal strain, finished 1 for 2 with a walk during his first showing at the plate this spring.
"It felt good, it felt really good," he told reporters. "This is the best I've felt all spring. I think I should be ready for opening day and that's how I'm preparing himself."
Daniel Murphy pushing to return in time for opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Daily News Saturday that he will caution outfielder Daniel Murphy about rushing his rehab from a right intercostal strain. Murphy is pushing to play in a minor-league game Sunday and remains hopeful of being ready for opening day.
Murphy was diagnosed Feb. 19 and has yet to appear in a spring-training game this year. If he is not ready for opening day, then Justin Murphy will take his spot at second base to start the season.
"The last time he played in a minor-league game, he rushed it and took a huge step backwards," Collins said. "I will be the first guy to go to him tomorrow morning to make sure he doesn't over do it again."
Daniel Murphy running out of time
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy took batting practice Friday, but is still not expected to return to the lineup for a few days as he continues to deal with an intercostal strain. Murphy will not be in the lineup Saturday. Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that if Murphy is to be ready for opening day, he will have to get into a game by this weekend. If Murphy is not ready for opening day, Justin Murphy is expected to get the call at second base to open the season.
Mets infield remains in flux
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins didn't have an update Wednesday on the status of third baseman David Wright, who is battling an intercostal strain, but said he was more confident about Wright being ready for opening day than Daniel Murphy, who is dealing with the same injury, The Star-Ledger reported.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) ESPN reports Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (intercostal strain) has been shut down since the weekend because he experienced tightness on his right side. He has received treatment the last three days and remains hopeful he can be ready by opening day.
"It's difficult to be patient, but that's where growth comes from," Murphy said. "I'm just trying to get on the field as soon as possible. At this point you can't look and see how many at-bats you're going to get when you haven’t gotten one yet. You have to get one first. And then we'll see how I feel after that. I want to play opening day. That’s still the hope. I still think I've got a shot at that."
Mets concerned with Daniel Murphy
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) For the first time since second baseman Daniel Murphy went down with a rib injury last month, the Mets expressed some concern that he might not be ready for the start of the regular season. Manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Murphy will stay sidelined until at least Wednesday while he recovers from a strained intercostal muscle.
The 27-year-old has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game with New York after originally suffering the injury Feb. 18. If Murphy -- and David Wright -- are unavailable for opening day, Jordany Valdespin is expected to patrol second base for the Mets while Justin Turner takes third.
Daniel Murphy takes day off from recovery process
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took a day off from his recovery process Saturday due to "fatigue," according to general manager Sandy Alderson.
Murphy, who is recovering from a strained rib cage muscle, played defense and ran in a minor league game the previous the day before taking Saturday off.
"It wasn't a setback," Alderson said, according to the New York Post. "He was just a little fatigued, so we sat him out."
The Mets remain hopeful he would begin batting in a minor league game in the next few days. Murphy has been sidelined from Grapefruit League games since Feb. 18 with the injury.
Daniel Murphy optimistic after outing
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took batting practice Friday, the latest step in his recovery from a strained intercostal muscle on his right side. Murphy has been sidelined since the first week of camp and there is no date for his Grapefruit League debut.
"It felt good," he told ESPN.com. "It was good to get out there. ... It took a little while to get my legs underneath me, but I felt better at the end than I did at the beginning. We’ll see how it feels [Saturday] and evaluate it."
Murphy close to game action
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/13/2013) ESPN reports Mets manager Terry Collins said second baseman Daniel Murphy (rib) is expected to play in minor-league games this weekend. Murphy, who is working his way back from a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, fielded grounders and took batting practice Wednesday.
Murphy enters the cage
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/9/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took 20-25 swings in the batting cage Saturday, his latest hitting session in his return from a strained right intercostal muscle. Murphy has been sidelined since the first day of camp with the issue and there is no timetable for his Grapefruit League debut. "I think we decided as an organization to play it really on the safe side," he told MLB.com. "It's a long spring, it's a long season and something we don't want to crop up again."
Murphy close to swinging
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/7/2013) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is expected to begin hitting in the batting cage Friday, as he continues to recover from an intercostal strain. Murphy has been sidelined since Feb. 18 with this issue, and has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game. He still does not have an official timeline for his return to the field, but that day is clearly getting closer.
Murphy about 7-10 days away
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/27/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday second baseman Daniel Murphy is about 7-10 days away from playing in spring games. Murphy, who has been sidelined by an intercostal strain, could begin swinging a bat in the next couple of days. "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."
Murphy has intercostal strain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/20/2013) The Mets announced Wednesday second baseman Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with an intercostal strain on the right side of his body. He has received a cortisone injection and is considered day to day. "Hopefully it shouldn't take too long before I can start swinging the bat, but I'm can't go out there the first day and take 250 hacks," Murphy said, per ESPN. "I talked to David (Wright) today. He said, 'Don't do your swinging motion or twist.' He said, 'Just let the medication take its course.' He said I'll feel better in a couple of days. But, he said, I think it's in our nature to feel where it's at and try to want to twist on it. He said wait a couple of days. It will take. Just trust it."
Murphy receives injection in side
(2/19/2013) ESPN.com reports Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy received a cortisone injection in his side on Tuesday following an exam with team doctors. Murphy underwent an MRI exam on his sore right rib cage after the issue sprang up earlier in the week.
Murphy dealing with rib issue
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/18/2013) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Tuesday on his sore right rib cage, the New York Post reports. Murphy participated in the team's workout Monday, but did not take any swings in the batting cage. He is expected to be out of action for at least a week and could receive a cortisone injection. "Better to miss the first week of spring training than the first week of the season," Murphy said.
Mets, Murphy avoid arbitration
(1/29/2013) The Mets and second baseman Daniel Murphy avoided arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million contract. Murphy batted .291 with six home runs and 65 RBI last season.
Mets comfortable with Murphy
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/14/2013) Mets infield coach Tim Teufel said he was pleased with how Daniel Murphy developed as a second baseman in 2012. He had one of those turnaround years from spring training alone, Teufel said, per ESPN.com. Coming out of spring training, he was just getting on track. And then he got better and better as the year went on. I feel very comfortable with him being out there at second base." Teufel expects Murphy to make more strides defensively in 2013. Spring training for Murph will be easier than it was last year, thats for sure, Teufel said. It will be less work for him as far as learning the fundamentals. I think he already has that. I think hes just going to be trying to hone his skills around the bag. You can always improve on that. His positioning on double plays, hes still getting accustomed to where to play and where the most comfortable position is for him -- making sure he gets to the bag on time.