The Mets are now optimistic that Daniel Murphy will be ready for Opening Day

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Daniel Murphy’s status for Opening Day was in jeopardy after he strained his right hamstring back on March 19, but there’s now increased optimism that he’ll be ready after all.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this afternoon there has been a “significant upgrade” in Murphy’s status from just a couple of days ago. He went 1-for-5 with a home run in a minor league intrasquad game today and is expected to play the field in another minor league game tomorrow. Barring any setbacks, the plan now calls for him to meet up with the team in Washington, D.C. in advance of Monday’s season opener against the Nationals.

Murphy, 30, batted .289/.332/.403 with nine home runs, 57 RBI, and 13 stolen bases across 143 games last season. The impending free agent is still an important part of the Mets’ lineup, but this will almost certainly be his last season in Queens.