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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Indians Injury Update: David Murphy to miss 4-5 weeks

By on 8/13/2014 09:00:00 AM

The Cleveland Indians will be without outfielder David Murphy for most of the rest of the season, with the team announcing that Murphy will be sidelined for 4-5 weeks with a strained oblique. Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian tweeted the news on Tuesday:
Murphy came out of Saturday's game in the sixth inning with discomfort in his side. The best-case scenario for his return now appears to be the second week of September. Ryan Raburn started in right field Sunday and with both Murphy and Nick Swisher on the DL, this probably means more playing time for both him and Chris Dickerson.

The 32-year-old Murphy is hitting a respectable .262/.324/.384 in 109 games this season after a down year in Texas in which he hit just .220. The Indians signed him for two years and $12 million this past offseason. While his batting line is solid, defensive metrics suggest he has been significantly below replacement level in right field and has therefore been worth -0.2 WAR, per Baseball-Reference.

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