Murphy went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Nationals. The veteran infielder blasted a 393-foot shot in the eighth, extending his hitting streak to nine games and launching his fifth round-tripper over that span. Murphy has rebounded with a stellar July after a lackluster June, now slashing .333/.350/.737 over 57 at-bats this month.
Murphy went 2-for-4 with a pair of Doubles in an 8-4 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday. Murphy continues his phenomenal 2016 campaign with a his 26th and 27th doubles of the season, the second of which was inches from being his 19th homer. Tuesday's performance raises his batting line to .352/.390/.613. Anyone waiting for Murphy to come back to earth is still waiting, 88 games into the season and putting up MVP type numbers all of a sudden in his age 31 season.
Murphy (hamstring) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Murphy was held out of all three games of the Nats' previous series against the Pirates, but coming off of an off day Monday, he'll return to the lineup at third base. Murphy will bat third against the Dodgers' Scott Kazmir.
Murphy (hamstring) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Murphy will effectively sit out the entire three-game series against Pittsburgh due to some hamstring soreness that surfaced following the All-Star game. With a scheduled team day off on tap Monday, it will effectively be six consecutive days of rest for Murphy, provided he isn't used as a pinch-hitter Sunday. Fantasy owners need not stress too much about the second baseman, however, as Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Murphy was both jogging and taking BP on the field Saturday, implying a return is right around the corner.
Murphy (hamstring) is expected to return to the Nationals' lineup Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of masnsports.com reports. Murphy was scratched from Friday's lineup due to general leg soreness and although he said he'd be good to go Saturday, manager Dusty Baker is giving the 31-year-old one more day off as a precaution. Murphy, one of the game's hottest hitters entering the All-Star break, is expected to start at first base Sunday against Chad Kuhl and the Pirates.