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February 20, 2021 10:00 AM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Workload to be monitored early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy, who missed all of the 2020 season with a broken bone in his foot, is fully recovered but will have his workload closely monitored, Daniel Kramer of reports.

The veteran backstop was a pleasant surprise for the Mariners back in 2019, putting up career highs in doubles (12), home runs (18), RBI (40), walks (19) and runs (32) while slashing .273/.324/.535 across 281 plate appearances. There were consequently high hopes for Murphy heading into 2020, but a fracture suffered after fouling a ball off his foot multiple times during summer camp led to the lost season. Luis Torrens (back), acquired from the Padres at last year's trade deadline, impressed over his brief time with the Mariners and is also expected to receive a solid amount of playing time behind the dish in the coming campaign.

January 15, 2021 10:32 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Comes to terms with Seattle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy signed a one-year, $875,000 contract with the Mariners on Friday to avoid arbitration.

The 29-year-old was expected to start behind the plate for Seattle in 2020, but he missed the entirety of the season after fracturing his foot in July. Murphy is expected to work in a timeshare at catcher with Luis Torrens in 2021.

December 16, 2020 04:52 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Participating in full workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy is fully healed from his foot injury and participating in full workouts, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

Murphy missed the entire 2020 season due to a lingering foot injury, but he's fully recovered and will be ready to participate in spring training. The 29-year-old is expected to operate in a timeshare with Luis Torrens in 2021 since Torrens performed well after being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline last year.

September 28, 2020 02:00 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Timeshare with Torrens expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) is expected back at full health next season and should operate in a timeshare with Luis Torrens (back) behind the dish, Greg Johns of reports.

Murphy was shut down for good in mid-September after it become evident he would not be able to return from the broken bone he suffered in his left foot during summer camp. The veteran backstop should be back to full health by the time spring training rolls around, but he isn't likely to be ticketed for the high-volume role he was projected to fill in 2020; Torrens, acquired from the Padres at the trade deadline, performed well in a limited sample with the Mariners and figures to see a solid share of playing time in his own right next season.

September 19, 2020 06:12 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Officially shut down
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) was recently shut down in his recovery process and sent home by the Mariners, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Murphy fractured his left foot during summer camp and was never able to make it back to game action during the shortened 2020 season. Although the 29-year-old was shut down for the remainder of this season, he could certainly be ready for the 2021 campaign as he should compete for playing time behind the plate.

August 31, 2020 02:44 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Return not imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Monday that Murphy (foot) has yet to resume baseball activities, Greg Johns of reports.

Though the Mariners dealt backstop Austin Nola to San Diego on Sunday, the move didn't foreshadow an impending return for Murphy, who appeared positioned to open the season as Seattle's top catcher before fracturing his left foot during summer camp. While his placement on the 45-day injured list makes him eligible to return in the first week of September, Murphy doesn't appear close to being ready for game action. Unless Murphy makes demonstrable progress in his recovery in the next week or two, he looks to be at risk of missing the entire season.

August 18, 2020 08:32 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Shifts to 45-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Tuesday.

The 29-year-old recently had a setback while recovering from the broken bone in his left foot and won't be eligible to be activated until Sept. 4, according to Greg Johns of Austin Nola should continue handling primary catching duties for the Mariners.

August 18, 2020 12:32 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: No DH-only duties planned for now
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) is still having trouble catching and running, and manager Scott Servais confirmed there have not been any discussions about activating him to exclusively serve as a designated hitter, the Associated Press reports.

Murphy was described as making some modest progress by Servais on Sunday, but the skipper's latest comments underscore how far Murphy still appears to be from having a realistic shot at game action. Fortunately for the Mariners, Austin Nola has proven adept at handling primary backstop duties, and his .283/.348/.500 line that includes eight extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple, two home runs) and nine RBI is arguably at least on par, if not superior, to what Murphy would be providing with his bat.

August 16, 2020 01:40 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Making slow but steady progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) continues to make incremental progress while rehabbing at the team's alternate training site in Tacoma, Greg Johns of reports.

Manager Scott Servais acknowledges the progress for Murphy is "maybe not as fast as he'd [Murphy] like" but confirms the veteran backstop is feeling better. Murphy remains without a timetable for return, however, and he'll likely need to corroborate he's capable of catching multiple innings in intrasquad games at the alternate training site before being activated.

August 5, 2020 06:24 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Remains without return timetable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) is feeling better but doesn't have a timeline for his return, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The 29-year-old has apparently been able to take part in some light catching work, but it doesn't sound as though he's participating in rigorous workouts. Austin Nola should continue to see the bulk of the work behind the plate until Murphy can return from the left foot fracture.

July 31, 2020 03:08 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Still no timetable for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) still does not have a timetable for a return, Greg Johns of reports.

Murphy, who was placed on the injured list July 23 with a broken bone in his foot, still figures to be a ways out from returning to the Mariners.

July 25, 2020 10:32 AM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Not wearing boot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) doesn't have a timetable for a return to action, but manager Scott Servais noted Friday the backstop doesn't have to wear a boot, Greg Johns of reports.

Servais added that despite suffering from what is officially a fractured left foot, Murphy is only feeling discomfort when getting down in a catcher's squat and putting added pressure on his instep. While it's modestly good news Murphy doesn't appear to be in an overwhelming amount of pain, it could be some time before the fracture heals completely.

July 23, 2020 09:36 AM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Lands on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Mariners placed Murphy (foot) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.

The transaction was made official shortly after the news broke that Murphy is dealing with a broken bone in his left foot, which he sustained after fouling a ball off of himself last week. The Mariners haven't provided an official timetable for Murphy's return, but his indefinite absence likely paves the way for Austin Nola to begin the season as the club's primary backstop.

July 23, 2020 09:36 AM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Dealing with foot fracture
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy has a broken bone in his foot and will begin the season on the injured list, Jen Mueller of ROOT Sports Northwest reports.

The 29-year-old was poised to begin the season as the Mariners' starting catcher, but he fouled a ball off his foot on two separate occasions in summer camp and won't be available for Opening Day. GM Jerry Dipoto said he doesn't believe it will be a significant absence, but Murphy doesn't have an official timeline for his return. Austin Nola is set to take over the starting role in the meantime.

July 22, 2020 03:56 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Faces setback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy's ankle isn't responding to treatment, which could impact his availability for Opening Day, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

Murphy was limited during camp after fouling two balls off his foot, and he could miss time to begin the regular season since his ankle isn't responding to treatment as the team had hoped. If the 29-year-old is unable to suit up for Opening Day, Austin Nola will likely serve as the primary catcher, with Joe Hudson or a current free agent as a potential backup.

July 17, 2020 02:52 AM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Back in action Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) went 1-for-2 with a walk while serving as the designated hitter for Thursday's intrasquad game, Greg Johns of reports.

As expected, Murphy was able to make a quick return after fouling a ball off his foot Tuesday, although manager Scott Servais opted to keep him limited to an offensive role Thursday. Murphy is still likely to draw a slight majority of the starts behind the dish this coming season, but Servais previously stated Austin Nola will get a fair share of playing time and the duo could also be complemented with prospects Cal Raleigh and Brian O'Keefe.

July 15, 2020 12:56 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Could return Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (foot) is not expected to practice Wednesday but could return Thursday, Greg Johns of reports.

Murphy fouled a ball off his foot during Tuesday's intrasquad game, the second time in eight days that he'd done so. The issue doesn't appear likely to threaten his readiness for Opening Day.

July 15, 2020 01:44 AM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Bangs up foot again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy fouled a ball off his foot during Tuesday's intrasquad game and exited for good at the end of the inning, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

The backstop had a similar incident occur July 6, and in that instance, he missed one day of summer camp workouts. Tuesday's foul ball caromed off the lower leg/foot area, and although Murphy was able to tough it out until the end of the frame, he was replaced in the following inning. An update on his condition is likely to come at some point Wednesday.

July 7, 2020 01:00 PM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: X-rays negative
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy is back in practice Tuesday after X-rays on his foot were negative, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Murphy fouled a ball off his foot Sunday and sat out Monday, but he's since been cleared to return. The one-day absence shouldn't meaningfully impact his readiness for the upcoming season.

July 6, 2020 11:48 AM
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Battling bruised foot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy is expected to skip workouts Monday after fouling a ball off his foot Sunday, Greg Johns of reports.

Murphy isn't expected to miss much time, as the issue isn't thought to be anything worse than a bruise. Barring setbacks, he should have plenty of time to get ready to serve as the Mariners' Opening Day catcher.

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