NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy expressed hope he will return to the lineup Saturday, but that is not set in stone.
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Murphy was forced from Thursday’s series opener in the eighth inning after being struck in the left wrist by a fastball from Matt Thornton. X-rays were negative.
Terry Collins said Murphy intends to avoid taking pregame batting practice Friday.
“It’s pretty swelled up,” Collins said.
Said Murphy: “It’s sore today. I’ll get some treatment and see how it feels tomorrow.”
Also on the injury front:
• Travis d'Arnaud is back in the lineup after being pulled in the fifth inning Thursday. D’Arnaud has been battling a banged-up wrist and other ailments. Collins said d’Arnaud should get Sunday’s series finale off, giving him three days off in the next week-plus to try to recuperate. The Mets have off-days Thursday and Sept. 22.
• Matt den Dekker remains unavailable to bat after getting struck with a pitch on the top of his left hand against Colorado. With the Mets having faced left-handed pitchers two of the past three days, Eric Young Jr. is getting playing time in left field. Collins said he likely will turn to Kirk Nieuwenhuis on Saturday with the Nats throwing right-hander Doug Fister.
• Dana Eveland likely will not pitch again this season because of inflammation in his left elbow. He has a small bone spur, but does not expect he will need to have it surgically removed.
• Although Terry Collins expressed concern with Vic Black's drop in velocity on Monday and wondered if it was related to Black’s herniated disk, Collins said there is no current issue with the reliever. In fact, Collins said, he would have used Black to close Thursday because the manager wanted to stay away from Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia. Black has not appeared in any of the past three games.