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Daniel Murphy | Second Baseman | #20

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 222
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Jacksonville
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 13 (0) / NYM
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Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Murphy's season gets more impressive nearly every day. The grand slam came in the ninth inning but the Nationals were behind by seven runs at the time and couldn't make up that much ground. The second baseman's .347/.391/.611 slash line with a 1.002 OPS is off the charts. He chips in 24 home runs and 95 RBI to boot. Unless he falls flat on his face the rest of the season this will go down as by far the best year of his career. Aug 24 - 11:43 PM

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Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Nationals' offense went wild on Saturday.

He walked as well. The Nationals racked up 17 hits and Murphy contributed his share. He continues to build his case for MVP of the National League. He is now batting .348/.391/.613 with 23 home runs, 88 RBI and 74 runs. He is on pace to set career bests in pretty much every stat except stolen bases.
Aug 20 - 11:18 PM

Daniel Murphy is absent from the Nationals' lineup Friday.

He's just getting a routine day off. The Nats have Trea Turner at second base and Clint Robinson at first.
Aug 19 - 3:58 PM

Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and finished the game with four RBI on Saturday.

The first-inning home run was his 22nd of the season. He drove in runs with a sacrifice fly and a groundout later in the game and now has 86 RBI. He has a .348 batting average and an amazing 1.003 OPS overall.
Aug 13 - 10:47 PM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Murphy came through with a solo homer against Zack Godley in the sixth inning. At this point, we are running out of superlatives for his supernova 2016 season. The 31-year-old second baseman is slashing .358/.398/.630 with 21 homers and 80 RBI across 382 at-bats. Murphy has been dealing with a bit of a tight hamstring of late, but it looks like he might be past the injury now. His bat is certainly past it.
Aug 3 - 8:45 PM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is back in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Murphy was pulled from Friday's game due to a tight hamstring and was limited to pinch-hitting duties for the remainder of the weekend, but he's ready to give it ago. He'll bat cleanup against Archie Bradley in his return.
Aug 1 - 6:15 PM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) struck out as a pinch-hitter Sunday versus the Giants.

Murphy did not start because of a tight hamstring. It's considered a day-to-day situation.
Aug 1 - 7:58 AM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

In what would have been a juicy matchup against Giants right-hander Jake Peavy, Murphy will get an extra day to rest his hamstring that tightened up on Friday. Trea Turner will start at second base and bat leadoff for the Nationals on Saturday.
Jul 30 - 1:53 PM

Daniel Murphy was pulled from Friday's game against the Giants when his leg tightened up on him in the sixth inning.

It sounds like it's a minor issue and the club called his early exit precautionary. It wouldn't be terribly surprising to see him get an extra day of rest on Saturday however.
Jul 30 - 8:32 AM

Daniel Murphy slugged his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday against the Indians.

Murphy took Carlos Carrasco deep for a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. He also singled in the 4-1 victory, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Murphy has an incredible .351/.388/.621 batting line with 75 RBI through 96 games this season.
Jul 27 - 3:24 PM

Daniel Murphy clubbed his 19th home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Nationals past the Padres.

Murphy's solo shot in the eighth inning pulled the Nats to within two runs at 5-3, but that would be as close as they would come. He continues to pummel the baseball, slashing .348/.387/.612 with 19 long balls, 70 RBI and three stolen bases in an impressive debut season with the Nats.
Jul 22 - 11:06 PM

Daniel Murphy crushed a pinch-hit, game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's 18-inning loss to the Pirates.

Due to a hamstring injury, Murphy did not start the contest. He was healthy enough to pinch hit, though, and one swing was all it took. When he knotted the score at 1-1 with his solo homer off of Mark Melancon with two outs in the ninth, he probably didn't know the game would stretch on for another nine frames. At 18 innings, it turned out to be the longest game in Nationals history. For the season, Murphy is hitting a superlative .350/.388/.608 with 25 doubles, 18 homers and 67 RBI across 337 at-bats. It is still difficult to see him maintaining that beautiful triple-slash for the next two-and-a-half months, but he has done well enough to maintain it over the first three-and-a-half months, so who knows.
Jul 17 - 7:35 PM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

He's missed the entire weekend series against the Pirates with a hamstring injury that he suffered during the All-Star Game. Murphy is likely to be ready on Tuesday after Monday's off day. Stephen Drew is filling in at second base.
Jul 17 - 10:34 AM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is not in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

Murphy said he feels good enough to play but manager Dusty Baker is giving him an extra day just to be safe. He's expected to return Sunday and could draw the start at first base. Stephen Drew will fill in at second base Saturday and bat seventh against Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.
Jul 16 - 4:00 PM

Daniel Murphy said after Friday's game that he's dealing with left hamstring soreness.

Murphy tweaked the hamstring on a slide into second base during the All-Star Game and was held out of Friday's lineup. His status for Saturday is unclear, but consider him day-to-day for now.
Jul 15 - 10:52 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Trea Turner
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Jonathan Papelbon
3Shawn Kelley
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Sammy Solis
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Marc Rzepczynski
9Matt Belisle
10Aaron Barrett