David Murphy requests and is granted release from Twins organization

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Outfielder David Murphy requested and was granted his release from the Twins organization, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Murphy returned home to his family in Dallas.

The Twins made some roster moves earlier on Monday, which included the demotion of Byron Buxton and Max Kepler to Triple-A Rochester. Murphy, who was hitting .194 in 39 plate appearances with Rochester, didn’t get the call up which likely impacted his decision.

Murphy, 34, signed a minor league deal with the Twins two weeks ago after being released by the Red Sox near the end of March. He was productive last season, hitting .283/.318/.421 in 391 plate appearances, but he faced right-handed pitching almost exclusively.