As most of you know by now, an MRI administered Thursday in Manhattan determined Murphy had suffered a Grade 2 strain of the muscle. Such injuries are measured on a scale of 1-4, with 4 being the most serious.
Murphy first experienced pain in the leg over a week ago while taking ground balls at second base during batting practice. He hasn’t played since November 10th.
He will cease all baseball activities and will not report to play Winter Ball as had been the original plan.
Instead, he will begin exercise and rehab in the hope that he will be 100% by Spring Training.
Yesterday on SNY, Minaya said that Murphy will spend most of his time in left field next season, and could occasionally back-up first base as well. He was never being considered as a second baseman, despite playing there in the AFL.
The plan seems to be a regular platoon in leftfield with Fernando Tatis, unless the mets were to acquire someone else in the offseason.