Murphy is not in the lineup against Baltimore on Thursday. Murphy will take a seat after going 0-for-3 in each of the first two games of this series. In his place, Wilmer Difo will man second base and bat seventh in the order. Look for Murphy to return to the starting nine versus the Phillies on Friday.
Murphy is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Yankees. Murphy has started five straight games since returning from the disabled list last week -- going just 2-for-20 with a walk and two singles over those contests -- so he'll head to the bench for what appears to be a regular maintenance day. Wilmer Difo will start at second base and hit seventh in his stead.
Murphy (knee) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his season debut for the Nationals on Tuesday night. The Nationals had the luxury of using Murphy as their DH on Tuesday night, thanks to being on the road for a series against the Yankees. Murphy hit fifth in the order, an arrangement that could be the norm now that he's back in the fold as the Nats alternated lefties and righties through the first six slots in the lineup.
Murphy (knee) was activated from the disabled list and will make his season debut Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Murphy is finally ready to go after recovering from October knee surgery. In 10 rehab games with Double-A Harrisburg, the second baseman hit .243/.364/.459 with a pair of homers and a 6:4 BB:K. If fully healthy, Murphy will be a key figure in a Nationals lineup which has been mediocre thus far, falling in the middle of the pack in terms of runs per game.
Murphy (knee) will travel with the Nationals on their upcoming five-game road trip and could be activated from the disabled list this week, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Manager Dave Martinez said Murphy looked good while taking groundballs Sunday, and the second baseman added that he's feeling fine. The Nationals will be able to deploy a designated hitter during their upcoming interleague road trip against the Yankees and Blue Jays, so Murphy could be used in the DH role upon his potential activation from the disabled list. The Nationals will see how Murphy feels Monday before making a decision with regards to his availability heading into Tuesday's series opener in New York.
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