Donnie Murphy overcame long odds this season when he won the third base job after a quicker-than-expected recovery from wrist surgery. Now, he's struggling to keep that job.
Murphy is batting .105 in his first 38 at-bats. He hasn't started since Monday, and he played shortstop that day.
Murphy's slump is so bad that he has thrown out several bats and batting gloves. He has also set his superstitions aside and done extra work with hitting coach John Mallee.
"From a team standpoint, April has been good," Murphy said. "From an individual standpoint, April has been a bad, bad month for me."
The Marlins are considering options outside the team at third base. The Braves eventually wants prospect Matt Dominguez to take the job, but he's recovering from a broken elbow in the minor leagues.
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