Murph gets creative in return from injury

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy got fancy in his first Grapefruit League action in a week.

On Bryce Harper’s sixth-inning bunt Sunday, Murphy charged in, then flipped the ball between his legs to Lucas Duda at first base to narrowly record the out.

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy

#28 2B
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM161
  • HR13

  • RBI78

  • R92

  • OBP.319

  • AVG.286

Murphy said he had never done such a move in-game before, only when “playing around.”

The Mets eventually beat the Nationals, 3-1, at Tradition Field.

“It was a really good bunt by Bryce," Murphy said. "I felt like it was the only way I could get it over to first from the angle I was going to have to take. I’d probably do it another 15 times and I throw 15 of them into the fourth row of the stands. I got him on that one. … I don’t think [Tim] Teufel was too happy until we got him. He probably will prefer that I don’t do that again.”

Murphy said he feels OK. He went 0-for-3 and manned second base for six innings in his first Grapefruit League game since injuring his right calf last Sunday.

“That’s the easiest way to describe it: I feel healthy at the end of the game right now,” Murphy said.

Asked if he would be back in the lineup Monday, Murphy added: “I hope so, but I don’t want to say anything definitive.”