Murphy is hitting .351/.422/.568 with a home run in 12 games in June for Triple-A Rochester. He's hitting .225/.303/314 overall at Triple-A. Murphy began his season in the majors in a terrible slump as he was just 3-for-40 before being demoted. He equally struggled by hitting just .154 at Triple-A in May. However, he's shown life at the plate lately and he could be back in the majors as Minnesota's backup catcher before too long.
Murphy went 0-for-4 against Durham on Sunday. Murphy is just 8-for-45 during his time with Triple-A Rochester this season, but those numbers are still an improvement over his 3-for-40 mark with the Twins to start the season. After being sent down on May 6, Murphy has collected seven RBI with Rochester and holds a .450 OPS throughout the 13 games he has played. The 25-year-old will probably rejoin the big league club at some point this season, but beginning to hit the ball will expedite that process.
The Twins optioned Murphy to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Murphy was a dreadful 3-for-40 (.075) in 11 games with the big club this season, so the Twins decided to send him down to give him an opportunity to make some adjustments. Murphy will rejoin the Twins at some point later this season, but for now Juan Centeno will serve as the team's backup behind regular starter Kurt Suzuki.
Murphy is expected to be demoted Friday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. A .277/.327/.406 hitter at the major league level last year, he has looked lost in the early going this season, going 3-for-40 with one extra-base hit. It sounds like the Twins will hit the reset button with Murphy and bring Juan Centeno up to serve as the backup to starter Kurt Suzuki. Murphy is still just 24 (he turns 25 next week), so not all hope is lost for the future by any means.
Murphy was ejected from Monday's game against Houston after arguing with the umpire while catching. Murphy was 0-for-1 with a walk in the game before getting into a heated argument with Jerry Layne while catching in the fifth. He was replaced by Kurt Suzuki, the regular starter behind the plate.