Murphy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Murphy started behind the dish Friday and Saturday, recording a hit in both games but striking out five times between the two contests. Omar Narvaez will check back into the lineup for the series finale and looks to have a fairly steady hold on the top spot on the depth chart at catcher.
Murphy went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Angels on Sunday. Murphy's shot -- his second of the season -- came in the ninth inning as a part of the Mariners' furious comeback attempt. He's starting sparingly due to the strong performance of Omar Narvaez, though he's taken advantage when given a chance by going 9-for-21 with five extra-base hits.
Murphy went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and two doubles in a loss to the Indians on Tuesday. Murphy drew a somewhat rare start and made very good use of it, posting his second multi-hit effort of the season. The 28-year-old has mostly capitalized on his opportunities thus far in 2019, hitting safely in four of the five occasions in which he's been in the starting nine. Omar Narvaez is still slated to continue logging the majority of starts behind the dish and is also performing well at the plate, but Murphy could progressively carve out more frequent playing time if his bat remains as hot as it's been during the early going.
Murphy will bat eighth and is catching Friday night against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Murphy went 0-for-3 in Thursday's matchup against the Royals, but he'll get another shot to start Friday evening. He'll catch Wade LeBlanc in the series opener.
Murphy drew the start behind the dish in Saturday's win over the Red Sox and went 1-for-2 with two walks. Murphy arrived via trade from the Giants on Friday, and he was already in the starting lineup with southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound for the Red Sox. Murphy is expected to platoon with Omar Narvaez behind the dish moving forward, logging starts against any left-handers in addition to potentially seeing an occasional opportunity versus right-handed pitching.