When David Wright was injured during spring training, manager Terry Collins said if he opened the season on the disabled list that Daniel Murphy would stay at second base.
Now, with Wright seemingly headed to the DL (the move should be made Friday), Collins seems to be sticking by those words as Murphy is still at second for this afternoon’s game against Washington.
Murphy is a natural third baseman, but his position is second base as long as Wright is here and moving him won’t help him learn the position. Murphy botched a double-play grounder last night, but the night before made a nice play behind the bag.
Murphy is not a strong defensive player, but learning the position will take some time. He’s not going to master it quickly, and he certainly won’t do so by moving around.
Collins made a point of saying Murphy and Lucas Duda would remain at their positions despite being stronger elsewhere, and let’s hope he sticks by his word.
Here’s today’s line-up:
Ruben Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Lucas Duda, rf
Ike Davis, 1b
Jason Bay, lf
Josh Thole, c
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Ronny Cedeno, 3b
Johan Santana, lhp