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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Daniel Murphy exits after HBP, X-rays negative

By on 9/11/2014 10:45:00 PM

The Mets lifted Daniel Murphy for a pinch runner, Matt den Dekker, after Murphy was hit in the left wrist by Washington Nationals left hander Matt Thornton (video here and below). The team announced that X-rays were negative. Eric Campbell replaced Murphy, who was playing third base.

The Mets starter, Bartolo Colon, had previously hit two Nats batters, resulting in his ejection along with that of manager Terry Collins. Thornton hit Murphy in the eighth inning of a game the Nats were leading by 6-2 with runners already on 1st and 2nd. Home plate umpire John Tumpane ruled that the HBP was not intentional and Thornton remained in the game. The Mets lost the game 6-2.

Daniel Murphy
Murphy, who was on the 2014 NL All-Star team, had just returned on Tuesday from a two-week stay on the DL with a strained right calf. Though normally a second baseman, Murphy was at third due to the absence of David Wright, out for the season with shoulder issues. In 129 games, Murphy is hitting .299/.343/.420 with nine homers and 53 RBI.

Murphy, 29, is in his sixth major league season, all for the Mets, and has posted a career line of .292/.335/.424. The Mets drafted him in 2006 (13th round) and he made his debut August 2, 2008. He lost the 2010 season with right knee problems and ended the 2011 season with a strained left knee. Murphy is in his second year of arbitration ($5.7 million) and eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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