Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who irritated his shin while aggressively sliding into second base during Friday’s game, is being kept out of Sunday’s lineup by manager Terry Collins as a precaution. Said Collins:
"He could have actually played. I said no."
After his hard slide on Friday, Murphy limped off the field and immediately went to the clubhouse. However, he returned to the dugout quickly and maintained after the game that the injury wasn’t a big deal.
Wilmer Flores is starting in Murphy’s stead Sunday.
Mar 7, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) steals second as New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) cant handle the throw in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins is usually extremely conservative when it comes to dealing with injuries to his players, often giving them an extra day or two of rest even after they’ve been deemed ready for action.
One would think that if Murphy’s situation was serious, he would’ve been sent back to New York to be examined.
If Murphy, who made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday, continues to sit out through the next few games, it will be a cause for some concern. However, it doesn’t look as if that will be the case.