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.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.
The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.
Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.