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Daniel Murphy done for season with torn MCL in left knee

Aug 8, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

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Yesterday was not a great day for the Mets’ infield. In addition to Jose Reyes aggravating his recent hamstring injury, Daniel Murphy was spiked on his left leg on a slide into second base by Braves’ outfielder Jose Constanza.

While it’s not yet clear if Reyes will require another stint on the disabled list, the early word on Murphy isn’t good. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Murphy will miss the rest of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Surgery will not be necessary, but the injury will require a four-month recovery time.

Ironically, Murphy sprained the MCL in his right knee last June on a takeout slide while playing second base with Triple-A Buffalo. He missed the rest of the season, but was able to rehab the injury and play winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

Murphy entered this season without a clear role, but emerged as a key contributor as the Mets dealt with extended absences from David Wright and Ike Davis. The 26-year-old batted .320/.362/.448 with six homers, 49 RBI and an .809 OPS over 423 plate appearances. While he did his part offensively, he also made his fair share of mental errors in the field, doing little to squash the notion that he is a man without a position.

Terry Collins was so shorthanded yesterday that he was forced to use Wright at shortstop for the first time in his career, so the Mets are expected to recall Ruben Tejada from the minors in advance of tonight’s game against the Padres. They would likely add another infielder if Reyes needs to miss some time.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    That’s rough. The kid was having quite a year with the bat and looked like a great designatedhitterball star in the making, someone the Mutts could trade, even in the near term, for a fine baseball player.

    This does seem to have been an horrific season for injuries all around, though. The Feesh gagged up a four game sweep to the Cardinals this past weekend and lost three of their own in the process, although Mike Cameron seems able to hit at his usual sub-Mendoza level and provide veteran leadership even with his sprained wrist.

    Where’s out “And That Happened” this morning? Craig’s computer melt in the heat wave? And what are you doing up so early, DJ? No reports in the news of any action along the fault that might have thrown you out of bed.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      Did anybody else thing the Costanza slide was a bit iffy? Also, I’m with Old Gator on this….what is going on around here this morning? I’m starting to get concerned for Craig’s well being.

      • hasbeen5 - Aug 8, 2011 at 8:47 AM

        I don’t think the slide was meant to harm. He hit the bag funny and kind of popped up and spun around. He got a little banged on the play also. Tough luck for Murphy though, he was having a good year.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 8:50 AM

        I don’t think he meant to harm him either, it just seemed a tad reckless.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM

        “I’m starting to get concerned for Craig’s well being.”

        Craig is on vacation this week.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

        Thanks biceps. I had no idea.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        I thought blog writers and editors were on permanent vacation.

      • bobulated - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        He came into the bag too fast but there was no intent to hurt; Constanza is a career minor leaguer who plays like his hair is on fire and probably worries about going back down every minute. Too much enthusiasm and effort but not a dirty play.

    • sdelmonte - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      Craig got so frustrated by yet another endless Yanks-Sox game that he has spontaneously traveled back in time a la Jack Finney to an age when you could see a doubleheader in less time and be home in time for dinner.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:13 AM

        I had to turn off the game early. I couldn’t take anymore of Beckett milling about and holding the ball. Also couldn’t take anymore of the mutual admiration society meeting in the press box.

      • hasbeen5 - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        Yeah I quit early too. 3.5 hours to play 7 innings was a little much.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Does that mean there won’t be any ATH? Are we going to have nothing to discuss except injuries, benchings and legal stuff? Where O where shall we discuss the games?

    We probably need to take matters into our own hands and declare the first blog the new day the ad hoc locale to discuss yesterday’s actions. That would technically make the Posada blog the one but since we’re already here, maybe we should get underway below? Whaddya’ll think?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      I was going to see if the other bloggers posted a “Settling the Score” like they do on weekends. It is traditionally a tad later, so I was giving them until 10 before hijacking a thread. Otherwise, I completely agree.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      Old Gator and Good Doctor,

      You guys are rebels, talking about hijacking other threads and such. I don’t know if I can participate in these types of shenanigans.

      • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        Yeah, it’s going to get like the coast of Somalia around here pretty soon. Watch this:

        That dull “plop” you heard last night was the Feesh landing atop of the Gnats in the NL East basement again. There are dryer cellars in New Orleans. Last night they played a rain-soaked bumblefest against the Cardinals that would have embarrassed the Three Stooges; Logan Morrison failed to call for a short outfield popup on an Alphonse and Gaston routine with the recently returned from the dead Alfredo Amezaga that fell from LoMo’s mitt for a blown third out and led to a rain-soaked three run inning for the Cards, sabotaging yet another excellent performance by Javy Vasquez. A couple of innings later Man Mantis did collide with Emilio Bonifacio on another play, sustaining a spike gash on his left leg that needed five stitches. A couple innings after that, Bonifacio celebrated slashing his teammate by throwing wildly to first and opening the gates for another few runs. And of course, the Feesh demonstrated their love of stranding RISPies multiple times, apparently too polite to take advantage of all the walks and rain-slurried infield grounders that went for singles.

        Hanley flirts with the DL as he contemplates the revenge his accursed .342 amulet exacted from him when he fell on his shoulder the other night. That’s what he gets for throwing it in the ocean off St. Petersburg last month. It came back anyway, appearing in his seafood paella on south beach a week later, and he damned near cracked a tooth on it.

        The Bravos come in tonight. It’s raining again. I smell ugliness afield for this series.

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