Murph 7-10 days from Grapefruit game

February, 27, 2013
2/27/13
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy is about seven to 10 days from entering a Grapefruit League game, Terry Collins said.

Collins said Murphy should begin swinging a bat in the next couple of days.

Murphy received a cortisone shot Feb. 19 in New York for a strained intercostal muscle on his right side.

"Certainly we're looking forward to getting him out here pretty soon and starting the process of the dry swings, followed by the tee, followed by the soft toss," Collins said. "The issue with Murph is to pull him back a little bit, because when he starts swinging, he can swing a 1,000 times before you know it."

Prospect Wilmer Flores has been seeing significant time at second base in Murphy's absence.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.299 9 52 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 11
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148