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Murph will play winter ball

Daniel Murphy wanted to contribute as a pinch hitter to the Mets in September, but his rehab from a knee injury suffered in a takeout slide with Triple-A Buffalo wasn't rapid enough to allow for it. However, the organization plans to send Murphy to the Dominican Republic this winter. Murphy primarily will play second base for Aguilas. He also should see action at first base and in left field.

Murphy was injured in a June 2 takeout slide by Syracuse's Leonard Davis.

He was poised to be the Mets' Opening Day first baseman, but a right knee injury suffered in a rundown during the final week of spring training sent him to the disabled list. By the time Murphy was ready to return, Ike Davis had established himself as the major league first baseman. Murphy was playing second base for Triple-A Buffalo after being optioned to the minors to learn that position when the second and more serious knee injury occurred. He suffered a medial collateral ligament tear.