Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Rangers' David Murphy: 'I'm good to go'
By Richard Durrett ESPNDallas.com
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy proclaimed himself healthy enough to play in the American League Division Series after testing his strained left groin by running in the outfield and on the bases Tuesday.
"If it's up to me, I'm good to go," Murphy said. "I think they're going to agree with me."
Murphy said he surprised himself by how well the groin responded as he ran the bases and tracked down fly balls in the gaps. Before the workout, Murphy was nervous as to how he might feel.
"I ran pretty hard," Murphy said. "I can't say that I ran 100 percent, but I ran good enough to where if I was going to play the outfield or run the bases, it's good enough. I don't think anybody expects me to be 100 percent after six days. If I'm just going to be playing an inning or two here or there for the next few days and get a day off on Friday, I'm definitely good to go."
Murphy hit .291 with 12 home runs and 65 RBIs this season. He did much of his damage after the All-Star break, hitting .311 with nine homers and 41 RBIs.
The Rangers' first postseason game since 1999 is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:07 p.m. ET against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rangers won't announce a 25-man postseason roster until just prior to Wednesday's 10 a.m. ET deadline. But manager Ron Washington said earlier Tuesday that Julio Borbon would start Thursday's Game 2, and Murphy said he was told that he would be a role player for the first two games of the series.
That gives Murphy extra time to heal before possibly starting Saturday in Arlington in Game 3. And after watching Murphy run during the workout, Washington said he never had a doubt his outfielder would be ready.
Murphy admitted that his biggest challenge might be staying loose before he's possibly needed late in Games 1 and 2. He said he might ride a stationary bike as the game progresses to help stay ready in case he's needed.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his mailbag.