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Daniel Murphy | Second Baseman | #20

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 221
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Jacksonville
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 13 (0) / NYM
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Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said he is "optimistic" that Daniel Murphy (knee) will be ready for the start of the 2018 season.
Murphy underwent a debridement and microfracture surgery on his right knee shortly after the Nationals were eliminated from the NLDS by the Cubs. His rehab is something we'll be monitoring through the winter. The 32-year-old second baseman posted a stellar .322/.384/.543 batting line with 23 home runs and 93 RBI in 144 games this season. Nov 2 - 1:51 PM

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Daniel Murphy underwent a debridement and microfracture surgery on Friday to repair damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee.

Murphy tore the MCL in the same knee many years ago but this is the first we've heard of any knee issues since then. The Nationals did not reveal a timetable for his return, only saying that he will rehab "throughout the offseason." It's a significant operation, so it's certainly possible that Murphy will be limited in spring training.
Oct 20 - 3:21 PM

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a win over the Pirates on Thursday.

All three of Murphy's hits were singles, with the first one plating a run in the first inning. He's now got 92 RBI, with an outside shot at his second consecutive 100-RBI season. Even if he falls short, it will have been another tremendously successful year at the plate for the 32-year-old, who's hitting a robust .319/.383/.545 with 23 homers and 91 runs scored through Thursday's games.
Sep 29 - 12:15 AM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is back in the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Phillies.

Murphy is playing second base and batting third against Philadelphia right-hander Mark Leiter after missing two consecutive games due to what Nationals manager Dusty Baker described as "general soreness." Bryce Harper is starting in right field and hitting second.
Sep 27 - 3:28 PM

Daniel Murphy is out of the Nationals' lineup again on Tuesday.

Murphy was held out of Monday's lineup with what manager Dusty Baker described as "general soreness." Apparently he's not quite right just yet, and the Nationals don't have any need to push things this close to the playoffs. Howie Kendrick will play second base.
Sep 26 - 3:35 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Daniel Murphy isn't in Monday's lineup because of "general soreness."

It's an inconvenience for Murphy's fantasy owners but isn't anything to worry about long-term, as the Nats are just being cautious. Adrian Sanchez is at second base Monday.
Source: MASN Sports
Sep 25 - 7:08 PM

Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run in the 10th inning to help the Nationals edge the Mets 4-3 on Saturday.

Murphy cranked a Jacob Rhame curveball to straight-away center, his 23rd homer of the season. He finished 2-for-5 in the game with a double and another run scored. The 32-year-old is fourth in the National League with a .316 batting average, and he's got 90 RBI and 90 runs scored to go with a .917 OPS to boot. If not for a couple teammates having even better offensive years, we might expect to see his name on a couple MVP ballots in the coming months.
Sep 24 - 1:13 AM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is back in the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Murphy was a late scratch Tuesday due to minor tightness in his left hamstring. It's clearly not a serious concern. He is starting at second base and batting third Wednesday versus Braves right-hander Lucas Sims.
Sep 20 - 3:36 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he expects Daniel Murphy (hamstring) to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

Murphy was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Braves due to left hamstring tightness, but it's apparently nothing serious. Wilmer Difo filled in at second base, going 0-for-4 while stranding five runners.
Sep 19 - 10:55 PM

Daniel Murphy has been scratched from the Nationals' lineup Tuesday due to left hamstring tightness.

Murphy ran into a similar issue last September, so the Nats figure to play it safe and rest him for a few games. Wilmer Difo is now starting at second base and batting sixth Tuesday versus Braves left-hander Luiz Gohara.
Sep 19 - 6:44 PM

Daniel Murphy (neck) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

It's Murphy's first start since Tuesday, as he's been battling some neck stiffness. He's at second base and batting third against Alex Wood and the Dodgers.
Sep 15 - 3:44 PM

Daniel Murphy (neck) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday versus the Braves.

Murphy was also held out of action Wednesday as he works through some minor neck stiffness. Wilmer Difo is at second base and hitting third for the Nationals on Thursday night against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz.
Sep 14 - 3:04 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Daniel Murphy is working through a stiff neck.

That's part of the reason Murphy is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Braves, though Baker noted that the veteran second baseman was probably going to sit anyway. It's not a serious concern. Wilmer Difo is filling in versus Atlanta.
Sep 13 - 3:20 PM

Daniel Murphy is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Braves.

It's a routine day of rest. Wilmer Difo will start at second base and bat second versus Atlanta left-hander Luiz Gohara.
Sep 13 - 2:59 PM

Daniel Murphy is getting the night off Wednesday.

Wilmer Difo will start at second base and bat second versus Marlins left-hander Dillon Peters. This is a routine breather for Murphy, who went 2-for-4 with his 22nd home run of the season on Tuesday night.
Sep 6 - 3:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Raudy Read
4Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5A.J. Cole
6Erick Fedde
7Jefry Rodriguez
8Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Koda Glover
4Shawn Kelley
5Enny Romero
6Matt Grace
7Sammy Solis
8Austin Adams
9Wander Suero