Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, dealing with a pulled right hamstring, will most likely begin the 2015 regular season on the disabled list, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. GM Sandy Alderson admitted there was a possibility Murphy wouldn’t need a DL stint as the strain is classified as “mild”, but said that a hamstring injury is “typically a minimum of a couple of weeks.”
Murphy, who turns 30 on April 1, is entering what could be his final season with the Mets. He avoided arbitration in January, agreeing to an $8 million salary for the 2015 season. Last year, he made his first All-Star team, finishing with a .289/.332/.403 triple-slash line along with nine home runs, 57 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.
Matt Reynolds and Daniel Muno are the leading candidates to replace Murphy at second base. Ruben Tejada, who lost the starting shortstop job to Wilmer Flores, is a candidate as well.