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.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.