Update 5:40 PM
It’s bad news Mets fans, according to David Lennon:
Murphy diagnosed with “high-grade” MCL tear of right knee. No surgery, but will be out 4-6 months. Ouch!
Original Post 12:30 AM
Playing in just his second game as a second baseman, Daniel Murphy was taken out on a vicious slide into second base and had to be carried off the field with what is being called a serious leg injury.
Only moments ago via Twitter, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News posts: ,
Mets fan bulletin: Daniel Murphy carried off. Rolled at 2B on DP on cheap slide by Syracuse’s Leonard Davis. No weight on right leg.
No word yet on the severity, but Murphy was unable to put any weight on his leg and was in a lot of pain.
“I don’t think it’s real good,” manager Ken Oberkfell told Harrington. “It was a roll slide, but it was one of those things where he kind of watched the throw rather than getting out of the way. It sucks. It’s tough, but it’s part of the game. He was pretty sore and he was mad too – mad at himself… for not getting out of the way.”
The Mets were planning on giving Murphy some playing time at second base with the hope that he could eventually return to the Mets this season as a utility infielder.
Compounding things even further is the news that Luis Castillo will most likely be placed on the disabled list with an injured foot that has failed to heal since first injuring it almost a month ago.
This will probably lead to more playing time for Alex Cora who is batting .212, but does a fine job being vocal in the clubhouse and is a very nice guy. This virtually assures that his 2011 vesting option for $2 million dollars is a done deal.
The Mets will most likely call up Ruben Tejada to replace Castillo on the roster. Tejada played in three games for the Mets earlier this season and was batting .293 in Buffalo.