Daniel Murphy returns from disabled list, Mets send Dilson Herrera back to minors

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Daniel Murphy is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a strained quadriceps muscle and the Mets have decided to make him a full-time third baseman after previously using him mostly at second base.

No one is quite sure when All-Star third baseman David Wright will be back, so Murphy will take over for him at the hot corner and the Mets will shift Wilmer Flores to second base after using him at shortstop for the past three months.

Murphy has shifted around a lot defensively over the years, but his offensive production has been pretty consistent and before the quadriceps injury he was having a typical season hitting .283 with four homers and a .749 OPS in 55 games.

To make room for Murphy’s return the Mets demoted 21-year-old Dilson Herrera back to the minors.