“Murphy is down,” Collins said. “It’s not about who is playing second base. He had some pretty big goals set, and rightfully so, that he was chasing. Big goals. Now we’re looking at quite a lengthy DL stint to where how much is going to be left at the end of the year?”
Murphy underwent the MRI on Thursday and was placed on the disabled list after last night’s game. According to a report by Adam Rubin, Collins urged Murphy to not try and rush back and risk further injury.
“Daniel Murphy had an absolutely outstanding year, a brilliant year. He deserved to make the All-Star team. So he should be down about the injury, not about anything else that’s taken place.”
Sandy Alderson confirmed what Collins said, “We did the MRI. It did show a significant issue, one that we thought was going to take more than a couple of days. It could end up taking more than the minimum time on the disabled list. We don’t know, but clearly we needed to put him on the DL.”
Rubin adds that Collins pledged Murphy would play when he returns and will not be watching Dilson Herrera play late-September games. “As we all know, when Dan Murphy gets back, his name will be in the lineup,” Collins said.