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Daniel Murphy expected back Tuesday, dislpacing Dilson Herrera

By Danny Abriano
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Daniel Murphy is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, which will likely result in Dilson Herrera heading to the bench.

Murphy, who has been out since August 24 due to a calf injury, was replaced by the 20-year-old Herrera on the roster and at second base.

Since his call-up from Double-A, Herrera has hit .265/.342/.500 with two homers, a triple and eight RBI in 38 at-bats.

With the rosters now expanded, the Mets can activate Murphy without having to make a corresponding move.

Thoughts:

The Mets are in a difficult spot.

Nothing against Murphy, but if the Mets had their druthers, they would probably prefer for Murphy to be out for the remainder of the season simply so they can evaluate Herrera.

With Murphy arbitration-eligible after the season and set to become a free agent after 2015, there are many who believe the Mets will shop him either this winter or in-season in 2015. If Murphy is dealt, Herrera is his likely successor, making evaluation of him at the big league level paramount.

However, if Murphy is healthy and active, the Mets will be hard-pressed to sit him while playing Herrera.

While Herrera does not profile as a shortstop long-term, the Mets could keep his bat in the lineup by playing him there, but that’s something Sandy Alderson said was unlikely to happen.

Another option could be returning Herrera to Double-A Binghamton, who begin the Eastern League Championship Series on Tuesday. However, it’s unlikely that the Mets will want to disrupt Binghamton’s mix at this point.

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