It’s been a week since Daniel Murphy got a cortisone injection for his strained intercostal muscle, but manager Terry Collins said today that the Mets second baseman is still 7-10 days from getting into the lineup.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Murphy still hasn’t resumed swinging a bat yet, although so far at least there’s been no talk of the injury potentially sidelining him through Opening Day.
Murphy is slated to be the Mets’ everyday second baseman after hitting .291 with six homers and a .735 OPS in 156 games last season.
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.