Murphy is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. The Rockies haven't hesitated to hold Murphy out against left-handed pitchers since he returned from a fractured finger April 24, but he'll sit against a right-hander (Jordan Lyles) in the series finale in Pittsburgh. Murphy's absence might mostly be a byproduct of the Rockies and Pirates playing a day game after a night game, but the veteran hasn't exactly proven worthy of an everyday role lately. In his first 22 games back from the injured list, Murphy is slashing an ugly .203/.273/.420.
Murphy went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Colorado's 9-3 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday. Murphy has been struggling mightily at the dish, but he checked in with his third long ball of the season in this contest with a first-inning, three-run blast off Montana DuRapau. He's still hitting just .190 through 79 at-bats, but perhaps this is the breakout performance needed to get him going.
Murphy is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Murphy remains on the bench for the fifth straight game as lefty Cole Irvin takes the mound for Philadelphia. The veteran first baseman continues to wear a splint on his fractured left index finger and has struggled since returning from the injured list (11-for-52), which also plays a part in his absence. Mark Reynolds will start at first base and bat cleanup Friday for the Rockies.
Murphy has been wearing a splint to protect his fractured left index finger since returning from the 10-day injured list April 24, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. He has gone 11-for-52 (.212 average) in his first 17 games back from injury and has been limited to a bench role for five of the last six games. The Rockies have opposed a string of left-handed starting pitchers of late, which has surely factored into the lefty-hitting Murphy's limited usage. That said, his production since being reinstated to the roster hasn't been up to par, and Harding speculates that there's a chance that the veteran is returned to the IL to get more extended healing time. In any event, the Rockies will need to clear a spot on the active roster Friday for prospect Brendan Rodgers, who is slated to receive a promotion from Triple-A Albuquerque and is expected to take over an everyday starter in the middle infield. If neither Murphy nor the banged-up Trevor Story (knee) is placed on the IL, the Rockies could facilitate Rodgers' callup by sending utility man Pat Valaika back to Triple-A.
Murphy remains on the bench Wednesday against Boston, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Murphy sits for the fifth time in the Rockies' last seven games, with opposing pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez representing the seventh consecutive lefty the team has faced. He may sit again Thursday in Philadelphia against another lefty in Cole Irvin but should then return to the starting lineup. Mark Reynolds remains the first baseman in his absence.
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