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.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.