Saturday, July 12, 2014
Murph to get early All-Star break
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- With Daniel Murphy due to travel to Minneapolis and participate in the All-Star Game during the break, Terry Collins plans to give the second baseman a mini-rest Sunday.
Collins indicated Eric Campbell is expected to start over Murphy in the first-half finale, when the Mets are facing left-hander Brad Hand.
Campbell is hitting .341 against left-handed pitching as a major leaguer, with a .391 on-base percentage.
It would mark Campbell's first major league appearance at second base. Typically a corner infielder and outfielder, Campbell has appeared in 15 career minor-league games at second base, including 13 this season with Las Vegas.
Murphy has started all but three games this season at second base for the Mets. Wilmer Flores had two starts and Eric Young Jr. had one start at the position.