UPDATE, February 19th – According to a source, Murphy received a cortisone shot this afternoon during his visit to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. The fact that Murphy received the shot seems to rule out the injury being more serious than first reported, but that has yet to be confirmed.
UPDATE, 2:45 PM- Here’s what Daniel Murphy had to say regarding the intercostal issue:
I think we want to be proactive and get me up to New York, especially with all the success they had with David [Wright] and Scotty [Hairston] last year. This seems to be the best course of action. The best-case scenario would be take a couple of days off and it’ll be fine. But from everyone I talked to, the (cortisone) shot is not a bad thing. It’s a good solution to the problem. But I can’t say what’s going to happen. I just know we’ll go up there and get it checked out by the doctors…unfortunately it’s something that happened. But for it to happen early, I think we’ll be able to get this out of the way. I don’t foresee it being a problem after the next week to 10 days.
An encouraging part for me is I was able to play through it last year. If I needed to play, if we had a game, I would play. But I think that right now, as an organization, they just want to play it smart. It’s better to miss the first week of spring training than the first week of the season.
…everything we’ve heard seems to indicate that this is something relatively minor. Once Murphy gets checked out tomorrow in New York, there should be some more clarity.
ORIGINAL POST- Sandy Alderson just announced that second baseman Daniel Murphy has been experiencing “discomfort” in the intercostal muscle in his right side. Alderson said that Murphy will fly to New York to be evaluated by team doctors, and will likely receive a cortisone shot. Alderson estimated that Murphy would be out of action for about a week.
Adam Rubin pointed out on Twitter that this is the same type of injury that sidelined David Wright for much of last year’s spring training.
According to Marc Carig, Murphy felt soreness while he was hitting in the cage. Terry Collins told Carig that Murphy will head to New York tomorrow. Carig also noted that Murphy said he’s just “a little sore.”
According to Adam Rubin, Murphy described the injury as a “slight tug,” and noted that he played through something similar in the latter part of last season.