Here is an update on our previous post regarding Daniel Murphy. The Mets announced a few hours ago that Murphy sustained an MCL tear in his right knee in last night’s game in Buffalo. He will likely miss 4-6 months, but is not expected to need surgery. Translation….Say adios to Murphy for the rest of 2010.
Wow tough break for Murph, and for that matter the Mets. First it was the knee injury at the end of spring training that sidelined the 25-year old lefty swinger that cost him his chance to take over the starting first base job (which we all agree is OK since Ike is now entrenched there). Now this devastating blow on what appeared to be a cheap play at second base as Murphy was attempting to turn a double play.
I’ve had the chance to sit in on two lengthy interviews with Murph the past couple of springs and he is a good kid. I genuinely feel badly for him. To top it off, his stick could have been a very nice asset for the Mets either off the bench or at second base, where Luis Castillo’s health woes continue to worsen.
According to Andy McCullough of the The Star-Ledger, Castillo is visiting a doctor today and it is very likely that a trip to the DL will follow. With Murphy now out of the mix, I would expect Ruben Tejada to fill the 2B hole in Castillo’s stead. Anyone who has watched Castillo’s struggle to move around the past few weeks knows that some time on the shelf for hi is long overdue. In the meantime, if Tejada is indeed the man, I again look forward to seeing what this kid’s got.