Daniel Murphy nearing return to Mets

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UPDATE: According to the Mets’ official Twitter account, manager Terry Collins said he’s hopeful Murphy will return on Tuesday.

11:33 a.m. ET: The Mets have scored two runs or fewer in five straight games and eight out of their last nine, but they are about to get some help for their struggling offense.

No, I’m not talking about a trade, but Daniel Murphy is close to returning from the disabled list. Out since June 4 with a strained quad, Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Friday in his second minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. He also played eight innings at third base.

According to Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that Murphy would be re-evaluated on Saturday morning, so it’s possible he could be activated as soon as today. If not, his return will come Sunday or early next week.

With David Wright’s status in limbo due to a back injury, Murphy will take over as the starting third baseman. The Mets are also expected to move Wilmer Flores over to second base and play Ruben Tejada at shortstop.

Murphy, 30, is batting .283/.335/.414 with four home runs and 29 RBI over 55 games this season.