Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy has been slowly recovering since a March 30th injury that caused him to sprain a ligament in his right knee. At the time the Mets said it would take two to six weeks for him to recover and while that two week time frame was not realistic the Mets insist that they could still get him back within the six weeks time span.
Now according to Dan Martin of the NY Post , Murphy has begun “limited baseball activity” which includes running and soft toss batting practice.
“We’re still within that six-week window,” Minaya said. “He just started limited baseball activity, just started running.”
If Murphy returns in exactly six weeks that would have him back on May 11. It might be tough to get him back by then, but it is certainly possible. Once he returns though there is the question of what happens to Ike Davis . The Mets called Davis up yesterday and from some of the quotes it sounds like he is in Flushing to stay.
That means that Murphy might be limited to bench duty once he returns which might be the best thing for the Mets considering their best options off the bench right now, Frank Catalanotto and Gary Matthews Jr , are not much of options at all.
It’s too early to count on Murphy just yet though, he’s got at least three more weeks of rehab before making it back to Flushing. It just gives the Mets some things to think about for the next couple of weeks.
What do you say? Should Murphy be given his spot at first base back when he returns or is it to the bench with him?