The new Mets’ infield arrangement didn’t last long, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that Daniel Murphy left tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks with left quad tightness.
Murphy went 1-for-2 with a double before leaving the game. Eric Campbell replaced him at third base to begin the bottom of the third inning.
Murphy, 30, is batting .283/.335/.414 with four home runs and 29 RBI over 55 games this season. After getting off to a very slow start, he’s hitting .345 over his last 37 games. The Mets are already hurting for offense, so it would be a really tough blow to lose him for an extended period of time.
The Mets have some much-needed reinforcements on the way, as catcher Travis d’Arnaud and second baseman Dilson Herrera were able to begin minor league rehab assignments tonight with High-A St. Lucie.
According to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record, D’Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk while Herrera finished 1-for-3 with a double. Both played five innings in the field.
D’Arnaud has been out since April 19 with a fracture of his right pinkie finger and recently had his rehab assignment pushed back due to a bone bruise in his right wrist. The 26-year-old was batting .317 (13-for-41) with two home runs and an .892 OPS over 11 games prior to the injury and should provide a nice upgrade over rookie Kevin Plawecki, who has struggled in his first stint in the majors.
Herrera, who suffered a fractured right middle finger during infield drills on May 15, was batting just .235 (8-for-34) with one home run and a .650 OPS prior to the injury. Still, the 21-year-old offers a lot of upside on offense and will likely take over starting second base duties once he’s back to full health. The Mets juggled their infield for tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, sliding Daniel Murphy over to third base and Ruben Tejada to second base.
UPDATE: Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports that Escobar left the game with a right wrist injury, but X-rays came back negative.
9:31 p.m. ET: Despite Anthony Rendon coming off the disabled list Thursday, the Nationals were planning to keep Yunel Escobar at third base and play Rendon at second base. Well, that arrangement lasted just one inning.
According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Escobar left tonight’s game against the Cubs with an apparent injury. Dan Kolko of MASN notes that Escobar appeared to grimace after he struck out swinging in the first inning. Rendon has moved over to third base while Danny Espinosa has entered the game to play second.
Escobar, 32, is batting .316/.376/.389 with two home runs and 14 RBI over 50 games this season.