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Murph seems ready to break camp

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy

#28 2B
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM156
  • HR6

  • RBI65

  • R62

  • OBP.332

  • AVG.291

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets now have confidence Daniel Murphy, along with David Wright, will be able to break camp with the team.

Terry Collins signaled as much when he said that Murphy would play in a Grapefruit League game Thursday, assuming Murphy feels OK when he arrives at the complex. Using Murphy in a major league spring-training game would make the Mets unable to backdate his DL stint. So the decision would not be made without confidence Murphy will be ready for the April 1 opener against the San Diego Padres.

Murphy has seen minor league pitching this week. That marked his first game activity since receiving a cortisone shot on his right side Feb. 19 for a strained intercostal muscle.

"It's nice to get at-bats on the minor league side, but the game is a little quicker over here," Murphy said. "I've made it through everything healthy. I got about six at-bats yesterday. I feel good today. So it would be nice to get in a game where the pace is a little quicker. I need to get adjusted to that."

Wright, meanwhile, has expressed confidence he will be ready for Opening Day. He plans to continue action in a minor league game Thursday.