Dan Murphy suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain while playing in the Arizona Fall League, according to the Mets. Murphy first felt discomfort during batting practice on Nov. 11 and had an MRI this morning at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.
Murphy will no longer play winter ball in Puerto Rico. He is, however, expected to be ready for spring training
Murphy, who hit .313 with 17 RBI in 49 games as a rookie with the Mets, was mashing with the Peoria Saguaros, batting .397 with two HR and 15 RBI in 18 games, and, of course, had done so as a second baseman.
The Mets have said Murphy was working on his versatility — rumors had swirled that he did not appear comfortable as a 2B — but nonetheless they were taking a look at him there. So in regard to Murphy’s grooming at the position, and the club honing his versatility, this must be considered a setback. As a hitter, he should be fine.
The club as currently constructed has a Murphy-Fernando Tatis platoon in left field. Murphy (.871 OPS) and Tatis (.853) would rank among the most productive members of the lineup, but the Mets by all indications continue to search for another outfield bat.
What do you guys think? Murphy-Tatis or someone through a trade or free agency?