- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.