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Daniel Murphy slowed with calf injury

Mar 22, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will miss his sixth straight Grapefruit League game today due to a right calf injury. He hurt his calf while touching the second base bag on a double last Sunday.

The original plan called for Murphy to return to the lineup today, but he’s not 100 percent yet. He told Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record that it’s “too early to say” whether he’ll be ready to play early next week, but he remains confident about being ready for Opening Day.

Murphy has only had 14 at-bats so far this spring, as Mets manager Terry Collins held him out of the lineup for the first week of exhibition play in order to minimize the risk of injury. The 28-year-old missed most of last spring with an intercostal strain, but went on to hit .286/.319/.415 with 13 home runs, 78 RBI, and 23 stolen bases over 161 games during the regular season.

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