Murphy had surgery on his right wrist Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Murphy will hit the shelf after undergoing surgery on his right hamate bone. The Athletics hope he'll be healthy enough to return to minor-league action before the end of the season.
The Athletics reassigned Murphy to their minor-league camp Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Murphy wasn't a serious contender for the backup catching job in Oakland while attending his first big-league camp. The 23-year-old is likely bound for a second tour at Double-A Midland after slashing just .209/.288/.309 in 217 plate appearances in the Texas League following a midseason promotion in 2017.
Murphy has received an invitation to the Athletics' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Murphy was drafted in the third round of the 2016 draft and was able to work his way up to Double-A Midland last season. The young backstop struggled at the plate, slashing .209/.288/.309 in his 217 plate appearances. The 23-year-old still has some refining of his game left to do before he's major-league ready.