Terry Collins said on Saturday Daniel Murphy could play in a minor league game tomorrow, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
However, Collins isn’t sure if Murphy will be ready for Opening Day.
“The last time he played in a minor league game he rushed it and he took a huge step backward. I will be the first guy in the morning to make sure he does not overdo it tomorrow,” Collins said, according to Rubin.
Update – Mar. 24, 2:25 pm: Murphy played five innings at second base during a minor league game, and went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk.
Murphy said he expects to be ready for Opening Day (Carig, Newsday).
Update – Mar. 24, 8:53 am: Murphy has been cleared to play in a minor league game today (Rubin, ESPN New York).
Murphy strained his intercostal muscle in mid-February and has not played in a Grapefruit League game yet this spring.
Murphy played in a minor league game last weekend, but hasn’t since due to persistent stiffness in his side.
Provided Murphy doesn’t appear in a Major League game this week, the Mets can backdate his stint on the disabled list for ten days, meaning he might only have to miss the first five days of the season.
Michael Baron, ContributorMar. 23, 4:41 pm: If Murphy isn’t ready to go, I would think that means Jordany Valdespin will be the team’s Opening Day second baseman. Alternatively, Valdespin could be used in a platoon along with Justin Turner at second until Murphy gets back, and can play the outfield on days they face a left-handed starter. That way, the Mets can continue to evaluate Valdespin’s bat against both lefties and righties, while playing him everyday.