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Daniel Murphy | First 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 went 1-for-4 with an RBI single Friday against the Blue Jays.
Murphy was 0-for-10 to begin his season before plating Bryce Harper with a single in the eighth inning. He notched the 600th RBI of his career in the process. He’s understandably been used as the designated hitter while the Nationals play under American League rules, but his surgically-repaired knee is going to be tested in the field very soon. Jun 15 - 10:10 PM

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Daniel Murphy went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts against the Yankees on Tuesday in his season debut.

Murphy wasn't alone, as the Nationals managed just five singles and no runs on the night against CC Sabathia and the Yankees' bullpen. It remains to be seen how much second base Murphy is ready to play at this point, but he'll get regular designated hitter duty this week with the Nats having five road interleague games.
Jun 12 - 10:06 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth in his season debut Tuesday against the Yankees.

It was the logical move with the Nationals lined up to play five straight games in American League ballparks. How Murphy's knee will hold up with regular playing time remains an open question, but he's obviously worth using in mixed fantasy leagues as long as he's in there. Adam Eaton is also in the lineup Tuesday hitting leadoff against CC Sabathia.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Murphy will DH in the five-hole for the Nats today, and he is a strong tournament play. Any bat in the middle of the potent Nats lineup in a great hitters ballpark like Yankee Stadium has the upside to win a GPP, and if Murphy's knee is good enough to play he could run into one against Sabathia.
Jun 12 - 3:37 PM

Nationals activated 2B Daniel Murphy from the 10-day disabled list.

Murphy has finally rejoined the Nationals following a lengthy rehab from October microfracture surgery on his right knee. There have been reports of him not moving around too well, so the club will surely ease him into the mix. The Nationals are playing the Yankees and Blue Jays under American League rules this week, so they have the flexibility of the DH spot in the short-term.
Jun 12 - 3:01 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) rejoined the Nationals on Sunday.

Murphy hasn't been activated yet, but it's worth noting that the team's next five games beginning on Tuesday will be interleague contests on the road. Easing Murphy back into things in the designated hitter spot would make sense given his reported mobility issues at second base as he comes back from knee surgery. The club could have more on Murphy's status after Sunday's game.
Jun 10 - 1:41 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Friday that Daniel Murphy (knee) is feeling a little better.

The club would like Murphy to be able to play 3-4 rehab games in a row without issue before they consider activating him. Martinez said earlier this week that Murphy was "still a ways" from a return.
Jun 8 - 4:46 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that "I think we’re still a ways" from Daniel Murphy (knee) being activated from the disabled list.

This comes on the heels of multiple reports saying Murphy has not looked comfortable on his surgically-repaired right knee while on his rehab assignment at Double-A Harrisburg. The second baseman is slated to be evaluated by team doctors on Monday, but it sounds like it's going to be a while before we see him in the majors. Murphy had microfracture surgery on his knee last October and it's possible the 33-year-old is just going to have to play through some discomfort.
Jun 3 - 12:16 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post was told by a scout following Daniel Murphy (knee) on his rehab assignment at Double-A Harrisburg that the second baseman looks "gimpy" and is "struggling to move laterally."

The scout adds that Murphy's straight-ahead speed hasn't been there, either. Mick Reinhard, who has also been covering Murphy's rehab assignment, tweets that the infielder's knee looks like it's "getting worse over the last week" and "it's been pretty obvious that he is currently in no condition to be activated off the DL." The Nationals have said that they will re-evaluate Murphy on Monday and possibly activated him Tuesday, but now it's looking like that probably won't happen.
Jun 3 - 10:48 AM

Daniel Murphy (knee) could be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Murphy will remain on his rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg through the weekend before being re-evaluated Monday. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, it sounds like he'll be back in the Nationals' lineup Tuesday. Murphy has been sidelined all season following last October's microfracture surgery on his right knee.
Jun 1 - 5:40 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) will remain on his rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg through this weekend.

The Nationals said they would re-evaluated Murphy after Thursday's game and evidently the decision was made to give him a few more days to fine-tune things. Murphy is 4-for-17 with one home run and six RBI through his first four rehab contests. He's been out all season following last October's microfracture surgery on his right knee.
Jun 1 - 11:26 AM

Daniel Murphy (knee) is scheduled to play at least two more minor league rehab games.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez indicated Monday that Murphy's activation was close, but the veteran second baseman is still with Double-A Harrisburg and will play in their next two games at Hartford. The Nationals will reevaluate him after that. Murphy is 3-for-8 with a double, a home run, and six RBI through his first two minor league rehab games.
May 29 - 5:00 PM

Nationals manager Davey Martinez said Monday that Daniel Murphy (knee) could be activated "fairly soon."

It's a rather vague statement, but Murphy homered, doubled, and knocked in six runs in his second rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday. Martinez made it clear that they don't want to rush him back, but he's rounding into form. A return in in early June appears within reach assuming no issues with his surgically-repaired knee.
May 28 - 12:16 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Daniel Murphy (knee) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday.

It qualifies as a nice surprise, as Murphy as of earlier this week hadn't been able to play in extended spring training games because he was sick. How many rehab games Murphy will require before being activated isn't known, but it surely will be a good number of them since he's been out all season following last Daniel Murphy last October's microfracture surgery on his right knee.
May 25 - 4:17 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) still hasn't played in any extended spring training games because of illness.

Murphy was supposed to be nearly a week into game action by now, so it must be a nasty bug that he's fighting. The setback would presumably delay his return to the Nationals a bit, although there hasn't been any set timetable at this point.
May 21 - 4:45 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) has yet to play in any extended spring training games due to illness.

He had been slated for his first game action since knee surgery on Wednesday and Thursday. The hope is that Murphy will be ready to play 4-5 innings in a game Saturday.
May 18 - 5:08 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Spencer Kieboom
4Jhonatan Solano
5Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
3Mark Reynolds
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Adam Eaton
2Juan Soto
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Erick Fedde
7Joe Ross
8Jefry Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Kelvin Herrera
3Ryan Madson
4Brandon Kintzler
5Justin Miller
6Shawn Kelley
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Tim Collins
10Joaquin Benoit
11Koda Glover