Murphy Not Pushing It

J.R. Murphy was having a very good season in 2011, earning a promotion in late June to the Florida State League. He was showing signs of adjusting in Tampa too before breaking his foot on a foul ball ended his season prematurely in late July. He just began the rehab process recently and he says he's in no rush to push it.

"It's fine," Murphy said. "I don't know how far out we are right now, maybe seven or eight weeks. Mentally I'm doing great with it. I know we've got a long offseason so there's no need to rush back or push anything. I just started rehabbing."

Murphy, who just got off of the crutches last week, was on them for nearly five weeks. He is still wearing a walking boot and his rehab is limited mostly to calf raises and the like -- no weight lifting or running of any kind.

"I'm just going to the complex, take the boot off, and kind of strengthen the muscle around it, the calf and ankle joint," he revealed. "I'm not really doing anything like walking or running on it yet. I'm still wearing the boot for protection everyday."

He hit just .136 with the Tampa Yankees upon his mid-season promotion from Charleston this past summer and was really turning things around [hitting .302 in 17 games leading up to the injury] when, in his home town of Bradenton of all places, he fouled a ball off of his left foot and broke a bone.

"It wasn't the first time that I fouled a ball off of my foot," he said. "It hurts. Usually the pain just goes away. I ended up going out there to catch the next day and that's when I knew something was wrong. It wasn't normal."

Murphy says he knew that he had just started to find his comfort level in his new league and he was obviously initially disappointed his season came to such an abrupt end.

"Anytime you find out you're going to miss the rest of the season it's not a good feeling," Murphy said. "I did get to play a good number of games before that happened. It's just one of those things that's bad luck.

"Stuff like that happens and I don't think there's any point to get overly upset about it because it's not going to help you process it. I still have to go through the rehab and the whole thing. I like to keep a positive mindset on it and just get better from there."

In fact, Murphy insists there's one huge positive about the whole situation.

"I think anytime you get hurt and can't play but still have to watch the games, it makes you appreciate the game a lot more and how much you really want to be out there," he said.

"It's a long year and it gets so repetitive, but when you have that taken away and you're watching the game it really shows you why you love playing the game so much, and how bad you want to be out there."

In fact, even with no approximate timetable for him to resume any sort of normal baseball activity in the foreseeable future, Murphy is already chomping at the bit to get back but he's finding a balance between being patient and anxious at the same time.

"I missed a bunch of this season so I'm ready to go. Everybody's happy about the offseason about a week ago but I've been in offseason mode for like a month now so I'm already ready to get back out there.

"It is what it is – I need to take the time off to heal the foot, but I'm super excited about next season. I'm just ready for Spring Training to start already. There's no rush though, I've got all offseason."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's fine,\" Murphy said. \"I don't know how far out we are right now, maybe seven or eight weeks. Mentally I'm doing great with it. I know we've got a long offseason so there's no need to rush back or push anything. I just started rehabbing.\"
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\r\nMurphy, who just got off of the crutches last week, was on them for nearly five weeks. He is still wearing a walking boot and his rehab is limited mostly to calf raises and the like -- no weight lifting or running of any kind.
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\r\n\"I'm just going to the complex, take the boot off, and kind of strengthen the muscle around it, the calf and ankle joint,\" he revealed. \"I'm not really doing anything like walking or running on it yet. I'm still wearing the boot for protection everyday.\"
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\r\nHe hit just .136 with the Tampa Yankees upon his mid-season promotion from Charleston this past summer and was really turning things around [hitting .302 in 17 games leading up to the injury] when, in his home town of Bradenton of all places, he fouled a ball off of his left foot and broke a bone.
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\r\n\"It wasn't the first time that I fouled a ball off of my foot,\" he said. \"It hurts. Usually the pain just goes away. I ended up going out there to catch the next day and that's when I knew something was wrong. It wasn't normal.\"
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\r\nMurphy says he knew that he had just started to find his comfort level in his new league and he was obviously initially disappointed his season came to such an abrupt end.
\r\n
\r\n\"Anytime you find out you're going to miss the rest of the season it's not a good feeling,\" Murphy said. \"I did get to play a good number of games before that happened. It's just one of those things that's bad luck.
\r\n
\r\n\"Stuff like that happens and I don't think there's any point to get overly upset about it because it's not going to help you process it. I still have to go through the rehab and the whole thing. I like to keep a positive mindset on it and just get better from there.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn fact, Murphy insists there's one huge positive about the whole situation.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think anytime you get hurt and can't play but still have to watch the games, it makes you appreciate the game a lot more and how much you really want to be out there,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's a long year and it gets so repetitive, but when you have that taken away and you're watching the game it really shows you why you love playing the game so much, and how bad you want to be out there.\"
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\r\nIn fact, even with no approximate timetable for him to resume any sort of normal baseball activity in the foreseeable future, Murphy is already chomping at the bit to get back but he's finding a balance between being patient and anxious at the same time.
\r\n
\r\n\"I missed a bunch of this season so I'm ready to go. Everybody's happy about the offseason about a week ago but I've been in offseason mode for like a month now so I'm already ready to get back out there.
\r\n
\r\n\"It is what it is – I need to take the time off to heal the foot, but I'm super excited about next season. I'm just ready for Spring Training to start already. There's no rush though, I've got all offseason.\"
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