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Daniel Murphy | Second Baseman | #20

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 221
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Jacksonville
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 13 (0) / NYM
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Daniel Murphy (knee) got five at-bats in a simulated game on Tuesday in extended spring training.
Murphy also took 35 ground balls, which is probably the bigger news. We still don't have a clear idea as to when the second baseman will return to the Washington lineup, but this is a step in the right direction. Apr 18 - 5:19 PM

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Daniel Murphy (knee) is headed to the Nationals' spring training complex to begin seeing some game action.

Manager Dave Martinez on Sunday stressed that the team will treat this like Murphy's spring training and not rush him, so it certainly figures to be multiple weeks before he's ready to be activated. Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee last October.
Apr 15 - 11:49 AM

Nationals manager Davey Martinez said Wednesday that Daniel Murphy (knee) could begin playing in games at extended spring training "in a week or so."

Murphy underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee last October and basically missed all of spring training, so he may need to get around 30-40 at-bats between extended spring training and a subsequent minor league rehab assignment. The veteran second baseman should be ready to join the Nationals around the end of April. Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo have been filling in at second base for Washington.
Apr 11 - 11:16 AM

Daniel Murphy ran outside Monday for the first time since his October microfracture knee surgery.

Murphy had been limited to treadmill running before Monday. The veteran second baseman also showed good lateral movement while taking grounders on Sunday and he seems to be making swift progress now toward a return to the Nationals' lineup. Look for him to be activated off the disabled list in about two weeks, assuming there are no setbacks.
Apr 2 - 6:10 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) took grounders at second base on Sunday afternoon.

MASN's Mark Zuckerman notes that Murphy was "doing a lot of lateral movement" during the workout, which is a nice sign of progress for the veteran second baseman. Murphy underwent microfracture knee surgery last October and was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day. The hope is he can be ready around mid-April.
Apr 1 - 3:06 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) is in Cincinnati for the Nationals' opener against the Reds and taking batting practice with the team.

Murphy was expected to stay behind in Florida to get ready for games, but it's possible there's been enough improvement for him to travel with the team before going on a rehab assignment when the minor league season opens next week. He can't return until early April because he's on the 10-day disabled list, but he might be back sooner than his original mid-April estimation.
Mar 30 - 1:36 PM

Nationals placed 2B Daniel Murphy on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee injury.

Murphy is still rehabbing from October microfracture knee surgery. He's expected to stay behind in Florida in order to get game-ready. It's likely a matter of weeks before he's ready. Howie Kendrick will cover second base in the meantime.
Mar 27 - 3:20 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) acknowledged Wednesday morning that he will not be ready for Opening Day.

Murphy has been able to take regular rounds of batting practice and field ground balls hit right at him, but lateral movement remains a hurdle for the veteran second baseman as he makes his way back from October microfracture knee surgery. He should be ready sometime in mid-April as long as there are no significant setbacks. Howie Kendrick figures to handle most of the playing time at second base out of the gate in Washington.
Mar 21 - 8:57 AM

Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports believes that there's "virtually no chance" Daniel Murphy will be ready in time for Opening Day.

The Nationals haven't said as much yet, but everything points in that direction. Murphy has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, but has yet to play in any game situations. Expect Howie Kendrick to fill in for him at second base until the veteran second baseman is ready to return.
Source: MASN Sports
Mar 19 - 9:07 AM

Daniel Murphy (knee) is still limited to batting practice and fielding grounders hit right at him.

Murphy has done very little lateral-movement-type drills this spring and can probably be ruled out for the start of the regular season with Opening Day now just two weeks away. A better target is mid-to-late April. The veteran second baseman underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee last October.
Mar 15 - 10:11 AM

Daniel Murphy (knee) took another round of batting practice Tuesday in Nationals camp.

MASN's Mark Zuckerman was on the scene and noted that Murphy "looked smooth taking swings" but is not yet doing it at 100 percent -- "relying more on his hands than his legs at this point." Murphy seems likely to begin the 2018 regular season on the disabled list following October surgery on his right knee, though the Nationals haven't completely ruled him out for Opening Day quite yet.
Source: MASN
Mar 13 - 7:06 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) will take on-field batting practice again on Monday.

The Nationals have been very cautious with Murphy as he makes his way back from microfracture surgery on his right knee, but general manager Mike Rizzo now says that he's "cautiously optimistic" the veteran second baseman will be ready for Opening Day. It all depends on how he responds to the increased activity. Even if he isn't ready, it sounds like he shouldn't be too long. Howie Kendrick would likely fill in at second base if needed.
Mar 12 - 12:08 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) took batting practice on the field for the first time of the spring on Saturday.

The veteran second baseman is being brought along slowly as he works his way back from October's microfracture surgery on his right knee. It's still unclear if he'll be ready in time for Opening Day, but the Nationals aren't going to push him to do so.
Mar 10 - 1:48 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post writes that Daniel Murphy (knee) "seems unlikely to be ready for Opening Day."

The Nationals are taking things slow with Murphy as he works his way back from microfracture surgery on his right knee in October. He's still wearing a brace on the knee, though Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Monday that he has begun hitting off a tee and side toss. He's making progress, but obviously the clock is ticking and there's no sense in rushing him just to be ready for Opening Day. Howie Kendrick and Matt Reynolds would be the main fill-in options at second base.
Mar 5 - 2:34 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday that Daniel Murphy (knee) is still going through his running progression.

Murphy is still in rehab mode after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee in October. He only recently started some baseball activities and still has to reach some benchmarks before getting into game action. The hope is that he'll be ready for Opening Day, but there's work to be done in order to get there.
Feb 27 - 10:23 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Adam Eaton
2Moises Sierra
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9A.J. Cole