Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy landed on the disabled list two weeks ago with a right calf strain, but Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to be activated Tuesday.
20-year-old Dilson Herrera was a surprise call-up from Double-A Binghamton after Murphy’s injury and has been filling in at second base in recent days, but he’ll now be relegated to a bench role. While he has experience at shortstop, the Mets don’t see him as a long-term option there and want to give Wilmer Flores more chances as the position down the stretch.
Murphy is batting .301/.343/.424 with nine home runs and 53 RBI over 126 games this season. The 29-year-old made his first All-Star appearance in July. He’s under team control for just one more season and is set to receive a raise from his $5.7 million salary in arbitration, so it will be interesting to see if the Mets shop him this winter, especially if they have faith in what Herrera has shown during his brief stay in the majors.