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Friday, August 29, 2014
Murph may miss most of remaining games

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy may miss a good portion of the remaining 28 games of the season with a right-calf strain that sent him to the disabled list late Thursday night.

That will cost the first-time All-Star a chance for the NL hits crown. Murphy enters the weekend with a league-leading 159 hits, three ahead of runner-up Hunter Pence.

Murphy underwent an MRI on Thursday evening.

Terry Collins subsequently informed Murphy of the DL decision and advised him it is important not to rush back and risk further injuring the calf.

Dilson Herrera was promoted from Double-A Binghamton to play second base.

“I’ll tell you, Murph’s down,” Collins said. “It’s not about who is playing second base. He had some pretty big goals set, and rightfully so, that he was chasing. Big goals. And now we’re looking at quite a lengthy DL stint to where how much is going to be left at the end of the year?

“Daniel Murphy had an absolutely outstanding year, a brilliant year. He deserved to make the All-Star team. So he should be down about the injury, not about anything else that’s taken place.”

Said Sandy Alderson: “We did the MRI. It did show a significant issue, one that we thought was going to take more than a couple of days. It could end up taking more than the minimum time on the disabled list. We don’t know, but clearly we needed to put him on the DL.”

Collins pledged Murphy would play when he returns, not watch Herrera in late-September games.

“As we all know, when Dan Murphy gets back, his name will be in the lineup,” Collins said.