Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
3 weeks ago

Murphy will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He and Ian Kinsler are the only second basemen listed on Team USA's roster, so expect Murphy to see plenty of action during the tournament. Coming off a career season that ended with a whimper due to a glute strain, the most important thing for Murphy from a fantasy perspective will be simply staying healthy.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
3 months ago

Nationals trainers have told Murphy that the upper leg problems he encountered late in 2016 could recur, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy at least emphasized that he's healthy now, per MASN's Mark Zuckerman, but this is still worrying news. Murphy missed 13 straight games to end the 2016 season and hit .150 during the NLDS. He bounced back to hit .438 in the NLCS, but recurring leg injuries for 31-year-old second basemen whom already had limited range on defense are not ideal. He's still one of the top players in fantasy, it might just be wise to have a backup in line.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
5 months ago

Murphy went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

He's now 4-for-6 in the series, as the time off he received at the end of September and into October appears to have done Murphy a world of good. He'll need to stay sharp Monday back in Los Angeles against Kenta Maeda, a pitcher he didn't face during the regular season.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
5 months ago

Murphy (upper leg) is in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy missed a good chunk of September with an upper leg injury, but as expected, the All-Star is back to full health and ready to contribute to the Nationals' postseason run. He'll man second base and bat cleanup against Dodgers' starter Clayton Kershaw.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
5 months ago

GM Mike Rizzo expects Murphy (upper leg) to be ready for the Nationals' playoff opener Friday, CSN's Chase Hughes reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy's injury limited him to just three at-bats after Sept. 17, but the Nationals have been, and apparently remain, optimistic that he will be on the field when the team kicks off postseason play Friday against the Dodgers.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
5 months ago

Murphy (upper leg) received a pinch-hit at-bat in Sunday's season finale.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy did not play in the previous 10 games and still has not started a game since Sept. 17, but he was feeling good enough to get in one more at-bat before the regular season concluded. Despite playing sparingly the last couple weeks, Murphy is expected to be ready to go when the Nationals kick off postseason play Friday.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
5 months ago

The Nationals expect to get Murphy (glute) back for Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 7, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. "We expect him to be ready for the 7th," manager Dusty Baker said.

EDGE Analysis

This certainly sounds like Murphy won't return during the regular season. Wilmer Difo and Stephen Drew should continue to split time at the keystone over the final four games.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
5 months ago

Murphy (glute) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy will miss his eighth game in a row with the glute strain, and it remains to be seen if he will be able to return during the regular season. Wilmer Difo will start at second base and hit second Thursday.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
5 months ago

Murphy (upper leg) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, according to CSN's Chase Hughes.

EDGE Analysis

Wednesday's game will mark the 10th in a row in which Murphy has not been part of the starting lineup. It's not clear if Murphy is making progress with his injury, but the Nationals do not have much incentive to play him until it's clear he is past his setback.

Daniel Murphy
1B/2B WSH
5 months ago

Murphy (upper leg) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was fully expected, as Murphy remained shut down entirely as of Monday. Manager Dusty Baker said he expects to have Murphy ready for the postseason, but it's uncertain if Murphy will be able to play in any capacity before the end of this week.