ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy declared himself ready for duty Friday and manager Ron Washington's intent is to start him in left field for Saturday's potential ALDS-clinching Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark.
Murphy has yet to play in the series while recovering from a left groin strain that threatened to keep him off the playoff roster all together. Washington said he wants to see Murphy go through one more workout this afternoon at the ballpark before making a definitive decision.
"I'm ready, that's all I know," Murphy said as he dressed for today's workout. "I don't know when, if, however I'll be used, but I'm ready to go."
Murphy has not played since Sept. 29. He had a tremendous finish to the season, batting .355 in September with three homers and 17 RBIs. Julio Borbon started in left field in Game 2 against Rays right-hander James Shields, and with righty Matt Garza set for Game 3, the lefty Murphy will be Washington's choice as long as the manager is convinced Murphy can go all nine innings.
Speed on the bases and the intial push-off when making a throw from the outfield, Murphy said, are the only parts of his game that he feels a bit limited.
"If I'm going to have to come up and make an intense throw to one of the bases, but I think I just need to test it to the point where I won't be timid and I'll just let it go," Murphy said. "I wouldn't say that I was ready to go if I wasn't. I'm not going to be selfish. I understand how important every single spot on the roster is and I don't want to be here just to be here. I want to be here to contribute and if I felt that I couldn't I wouldn't have told them I was ready to go."