Daniel Murphy returned Thursday after missing two games on paternity leave. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, but also committed two errors in the field.
“I was a little sluggish on defense,” Murphy said after the game Thursday. “It was frustrating.”
In response to radio hosts and some fans questioning the amount of time he spent away from the team to be with his wife and newborn son, Murphy said he was justified in using time given to him by the team and league.