This has not been a good week for the Amazin’s. Zack Wheeler recently went down with a season ending injury, placing him on the sidelines until early 2016. And now the Mets have learned that All-Star second baseman, Daniel Murphy, may commence the season on the disabled list after pulling his right hamstring during Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“Hamstrings take longer than people want to admit,” noted Mets GM Sandy Alderson.
In 143 games last season, Murphy batted .289 with nine homeruns and 57 RBIs along with 172 hits. He averaged well over one hit per game throughout the season. As a result, he made his first All-Star game appearance, backing up Chase Utley at second base.
The short-swinging lefty hitter has been a valuable asset to a struggling Mets team over the past few seasons. In fact, he has probably been the most consistent offensive player on the team. He’s a guaranteed .280-.300 hitter in the lineup.
Murphy becomes a free agent after this upcoming season and is not expected to be re-signed. His future replacement was perceived to be the 21-year-old Dilson Herrera as he substituted for Murphy last season during his injury. However, the Mets already sent Herrera to the minor leagues, where he is going to begin the season. Instead, Alderson said that the Mets would carefully examine either Matt Reynolds or Daniel Muno to replace Murphy in the event that he’s placed on the disabled list.
Reynolds has played fantastic during spring training. In 29 at bats, he has 11 hits, giving him a .379 batting average. His OPS is .883. Last season, Reynolds played for Double-A Binghamton before being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. He hit .343 with 164 hits.
Similar to Murphy, he’s not a homerun hitter. He consistently puts the ball in play with his smooth swing.
Muno didn’t have the 2014 season Reynolds had, but he has been equally impressive in spring training. Through 17 games, his batting average sits at .387 with only six strikeouts.
Due to his 2014 minor league performance, it appears as if Reynolds will get the start at second base if Murphy is not feeling 100 percent.
In an interview with Newsday, Reynolds told reporters, “I feel like I’m pretty close to playing in the big leagues.”
Mets fans would like to see Murphy in the opening day lineup, but it will be interesting to witness the impact Matt Reynolds makes in Flushing.