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.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.