David Murphy says he's 'good to go'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rangers outfielder David Murphy put himself through his most rigorous paces yet on his strained left groin on Tuesday and felt ready to play in the ALDS. Click here for the entire story.

I can tell you, Murphy was concerned and nervous before the Tuesday workout. He wasn't sure how the groin would respond.

"I surprised myself," a relieved Murphy said after the workout.

Clearly, this offense is stronger long-term in the playoffs with Murphy available. The plan now is that he won't start in Games 1 and 2 -- he was told that on Tuesday -- with Game 3 a possibility on Saturday in Arlington. That gives him a few extra days to rest and get ready. Julio Borbon is slated to start Game 2 against RHP James Shields, which would shift Josh Hamilton to left field.

He said he's at 80 percent now, which is certainly good enough to play the field, hit and run the bases. He's probably not going to be at 100 percent for this ALDS, but didn't rule out maybe getting to 100 percent if the Rangers advance.

"It's tough to know," Murphy said. "It could feel different each day."

Murphy was a critical offensive leader on this team. He hit .307 in August with four homers and 19 RBIs and batted ..355 in September with three homers and 17 RBIs.