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28 Daniel Murphy 2B
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 4/1/1985 | Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: Jacksonville | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,925,000 | Owned/Started%: 89/68 | Average Draft Position: 144.06
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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy blasts three-run home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1 for 4 at the plate in New York's 3-1 win over the Marlins Monday. Murphy was quiet at the plate all night before stepping in the box in the ninth inning against Steve Cishek.

Murphy belted a 1-1 pitch from Cishek over the right field wall for a three-run home run to give the Mets the lead and eventual win. It was Murphy's second homer of the season and 14th RBI.

"I'm not going to wake up tomorrow, no matter what I do, and be hitting .290," Murphy said to ESPN.com. "So it's just one at-bat at a time. That's all I can control right now."

He is hitting .174 in 69 at-bats this season. Murphy is working on moving closer to the plate to find more success.

"We've been playing with that and trying to get comfortable in there," Murphy said. "It's always nice to hit some balls hard once you make an adjustment. So hopefully it's something we'll continue working on. One at-bat at a time. I know it's a cliché. But I'm not going to go 15-for-4 tomorrow."


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy tallies pair of doubles in loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Slumping Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy finally found a bit of an offensive groove Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, but it wasn't enough to keep the Mets from losing the rubber game of the Subway Series, 6-4, to the Yankees. 

Murphy hit his first RBI double in the first inning as the Mets opened up a 2-0 advantage. He registered another clutch hit in the third, this time driving in a run to close the Mets' deficit to 5-4. 

Murphy is tied with Lucas Duda for the team high with 11 RBIs, and the two hits raised his average to .169. However, it wasn't all good for Murphy, as he committed one of the Mets' four errors in the loss. 


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy still looking for a rhythm at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is off to his worst start to a season in his career, hitting just .142 in 62 at-bats. Manager Terry Collins believes he knows the reason for the struggles, according to ESPN.com.

"Lack of spring training, more than anything," Collins said Sunday.

Murphy took just 17 at-bats in spring training with a right hamstring injury and has just two hits in his last 19 at-bats entering Sunday's game. Collins remains in Murphy's corner for the long haul.

"He's got a track record," Collins said. "I'm not worried. We've just got to get him going."


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy breaks out of slump with four-RBI game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy provided most of the offense Thursday, as he drove in four runs during a 6-3 win against the Braves, running New York's win streak to 11 games. 

Murphy had a bases-clearing double off Braves ace Julio Teheran in the first inning. He added an RBI single off Luis Avilan in the seventh inning.

Thursday was the 10th time in Murphy's career he had at least four RBI in a game. He has had a career-high five RBI three times.

Thursday also marked the first time this season he had a multihit and multi-RBI game. He entered play batting just .140 through 15 games.


Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy return to Mets lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Daniel Murphy returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Braves after both received a day off Wednesday. Granderson returned to the leadoff spot and Murphy hit fifth against right-hander Julio Teheran.

Granderson is batting .250 (3 for 12) with one double, one home run, two RBI, two walks and two strikeouts in his career against Teheran, while Murphy is batting .333 (5 for 15) with two doubles, two RBI, three walks and five strikeouts against the Braves' ace.


Mets' Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy out of the starting lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Daniel Murphy are out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Braves, the team announced. 

Granderson will be replaced by John Mayberry for a scheduled off day while Ruben Tejada will take Murphy's place and bat ninth. Tejada is hitting .281 with 23 RBI in his career against left-handed pitchers, as opposed to his .244 average against righties.

Mayberry is hitting .455 with three double and an RBI in 11 career at-bats against Braves pitcher Eric Stults. It will also be Mayberry's first ever start in the leadoff spot. The Mets are currently the favorites (-132) against Atlanta.


Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy cracks first homer of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1 for 3 at the plate in New York's 6-5 win over the Phillies Tuesday. 

Murphy, who has struggled at the plate to begin the year, smacked the first pitch he saw from Dustin McGowan over the right field wall to lead off the seventh inning. Murphy, who also walked twice, boosted his average to .160 in 25 at-bats this season.


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy back in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is back in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies.

Murphy was given Sunday off as manager Terry Collins said he was fatigued. The second baseman is 2 for 18 with two walks in his first six games.

The Mets are heavy favorites (-170) for Monday's home opener.


Mets' Juan Lagares leading off Sunday vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares has been moved to the leadoff spot for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Lagares will get the leadoff role with Curtis Granderson being replaced by John Mayberry in Sunday's lineup. The Mets are also giving second baseman Daniel Murphy and catcher Travis d'Arnaud a break from starting Sunday, with Ruben Tejada and Anthony Recker set to start against the Braves.

Manager Terry Collins indicated that while Murphy is fatigued, "his legs are fine," ESPNNewYork.com reports. Tejada was initially set to start ahead of Wilmer Flores Sunday but instead will spell Murphy at second base.

The Mets are underdogs (+104) against the Braves Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy makes it into Opening Day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy made it into the starting lineup Monday against the Nationals. He hit fifth against Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer.

Murphy had been playing in minor-league gamesthe last week as he was rehabbing a hamstring injury.

“I always felt like I was going to have a pretty good chance,” Murphy said about being ready for Opening Day, per ESPN. “I was really, really blessed the last couple of days that I was in Port St. Lucie. I really felt like it held up on me. I was able to open it up and test my hamstring and it felt good. Fortunately, I was able to get here on time.”

Murphy doesn't expect to be limited coming off the hamstring injury.

“Hopefully it’s just go out and bust it -- play the way I’m capable of and the way I feel like I always play, which is hard,” Murphy said. “I think maybe in my experience I can pick and choose my spots a little better.”

Manager Terry Collins indicated Murphy might get a day off this weekend against the Braves since the team plays 12 straight days beginning Wednesday.

“We’ll wait and see, but it has been discussed,” Collins said. “There may be a game in Atlanta where we just let him have a blow to get ready for the home series.”


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy could bat fifth on Monday


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said that second baseman Daniel Murphy could bat fifth on Monday, according to ESPN. Nothing is set in stone at this point.

Murphy, an All-Star in 2014, had been battling a hamstring injury. This spring, he has a batting average of .235 with four hits, three walks and one strikeout.

Last season the 30-year-old hit .289 with nine home runs, 57 RBI and 86 strikeouts.


Mets' Daniel Murphy gets 3 hits in minor-league instrasquad game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 in a minor-league intrasquad game on Friday, according to ESPN New York. Murphy hit a double, drew a walk, ran the bases and played second base in the game. 

Murphy had been sidelined with a hamstring injury, which was sustained on March 19. On Friday, manager Terry Collins reiterated that Murphy is expected to be ready on Opening Day against the Nationals. 


Mets' Collins on Murphy: We think he's going to be ready Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) The Mets are expecting starting second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has been sidelined since March 19 due to a hamstring injury, to be in the lineup on Opening Day (Monday) against the Nationals, according to ESPN.

"We think he's going to be ready ," manager Terry Collins told ESPN.com.

Murphy took the day off Thursday after playing four straight days in minor-league games. He is expected to resume playing in minor-league games this weekend. Having Murphy play in minor-league games is a precaution in case they need to backdate his stint on the disabled list.

Collins said after Thursday's spring game against the Cardinals the plan is for Murphy to meet the team in Washington, DC, for Monday's opener.

The 30-year-old Murphy is coming off his first All-Star season in 2014. Since the start of the 2011 season, Murphy has a .294/.333/.414/.747 slash line. 

Murphy is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. He has expressed a desire to stay with the Mets, but early reports are the Mets aren't ready to engage in contract negotiations.


Mets' Collins: Daniel Murphy looks 'tremendous' Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (hamstring) played five innings, took five at-bats and ran the bases in a minor-league game Wednesday, and while the team will leave him behind to see minor-league work this weekend, there's still a chance he could join the team to play on Opening Day, the New York Daily News reports.

"Dan looked tremendous. He looks great at the plate, but it’s the daily grind (we worry about)," manager Terry Collins said about Murphy's action Wednesday. "We certainly have to be monitoring his workload, but we’re hoping that the next couple of days he gets a little extra work in, then we’ll look up this weekend and he joins us after."

Murphy said he has yet to push the hamstring by trying to run at 100 percent.

"I like the way I am progressing," Murphy said Wednesday, "but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow."


Report: Mets 2B Daniel Murphy will likely be ready for Opening Day


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Despite suffering from a hamstring injury, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy appears likely to make the Opening Day roster, a source told the New York Daily News.

Murphy is recovering from a hamstring injury. If he's not ready by Opening Day, the team will turn to Danny Muno over Matt Reynolds as Murphy's replacement.


Report: Mets likely to keep Muno over Reynolds, if Murphy goes on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) If Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy begins the season on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury, the team is more likely to choose Danny Muno over prospect Matt Reynolds to replace him on the roster, a team source told ESPN.

If Murphy is out, the Mets prefer to have Muno and Ruben Tejada play at second base, with Reynolds being sent to Triple-A to start at shortstop.

One of the reasons the Mets are considering sending Reynolds to the minors is because the team doesn't want to avoid a dilemma in case Reynolds thrives in Murphy's absence and manager Terry Collins wants to keep him around as a bench option. They do not want to start his MLB service time for a backup role.


Mets' Matt Reynolds could start at second if Daniel Murphy isn't ready


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Mets middle infielder Matt Reynolds may get the nod at second base if regular starter Daniel Murphy is not healthy enough to play on Opening Day, reports MLB.com.

Reynolds, who spent most of last season in Triple-A, is hitting .381 in 42 spring training at-bats, making the decision tough for manager Terry Collins.

"He's a baseball player -- everybody keeps saying that about him, but that's what he is," Collins said. "He handles the bat, he runs the bases, he does a lot of little things right. But Danny Muno's a dangerous bat -- I'll tell you what, he can get a hit. And the other kid, Ruben, he's played there. He's played there under the bright lights and been very successful. So we've got a lot of options."

Murphy is still recovering from a hamstring injury and is uncertain for Opening Day.


Mets' Collins: Daniel Murphy running out of time


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has been out since March 19 with a right hamstring injury, and the team is beginning to worry.

"I'm getting a little concerned he's not gonna have enough time to be ready for opening day," manager Terry Collins said, per Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com.

Murphy was hitting .235 in 21 plate appearances before the injury.  


Mets' Murphy runs for first time since sustaining hamstring injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy ran for the first time Thursday since suffering a right hamstring pull a week ago, per ESPN. Manager Terry Collins said Murphy ran without apparent discomfort.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has expressed optimism about Murphy being ready in time for Opening Day. However, Collins said it's "too early" to tell.


Mets' Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores take part in infield drills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Daniel Murphy (hamstring) and Wilmer Flores (foot) both took part in infield drills at the Mets' spring training facility on Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News. Flores, who fouled a pitch off his left foot Sunday, played shortstop, while Murphy lined up at first base. Both players expect to be ready for Opening Day.

"I feel good," Murphy said, per the New York Daily News. "It feels good. I mean, I feel better than I did a couple of days ago, when it happened. So each day I'll hopefully progress, and we'll see how it feels tomorrow. I don't want to come out and say I'll be ready, and then not be ready."


GM: Mets more hopeful Murphy will be ready for opener than Vic Black


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson expressed more optimism Tuesday for second baseman Daniel Murphy (hamstring), who was cleared to begin baseball activities, being ready for Opening Day than reliever Vic Black (shoulder), per ESPN.

"We're a little more hopeful today that Murphy will be ready," Alderson said. "I think Vic's a question mark at this point. He's going to play catch (Tuesday), but I'm not sure where he'll be on Opening Day."


Reynolds, Muno two options to play 2B for Mets, if Murphy goes on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said prospect Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are two potential candidates to be the Opening Day second baseman, if Daniel Murphy is sidelined due to a hamstring injury, per ESPN.

Mets GM: Wilmer Flores will remain at SS


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/20/2015) With the potential injury to Daniel Murphy muddling the Mets' second base situation, general manager Sandy Alderson said the team will not shift shortstop Wilmer Flores to second if Murhpy lands on the disabled list, according to ESPN.com. 

Flores played 19 games at second base last season and 51 at shortstop for the Mets. 

"Wilmer is (our) shortstop," Aldersaon said. "It's taken us this long to convince you guys that Wilmer is the shortstop."


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy shut down for a week with hamstring issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent an MRI on Friday, which revealed a pulled hamstring. He will be shut down from all baseball activities for at least a week, according to Newsday.

Murphy is hitting .235 through 17 Grapefruit League at-bats. Danny Muno and Matt Reynolds are candidates to take his spot if he is unable to play on Opening Day.


Mets' Daniel Murphy undergoes MRI on injured hamstring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who was held out of the spring lineup Friday against the Cardinals after leaving Thursday's spring game due to tightness in his right hamstring, underwent an MRI, according to ESPN. Manager Terry Collins told reporters that he has no update on his injury at the moment.

Murphy is hitting .235 through 17 Grapefruit League at-bats.