OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
2 days 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.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
2 days 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.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
3 days 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.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
4 days 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.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
5 days ago

Manager Dusty Baker said Monday that Murphy (upper leg) remains shut down, but he expects him to be ready for the postseason, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy is not in the lineup for Monday's game, and Baker's comments point to him missing further action, and possibly the rest of the regular season. Stephen Drew and Wilmer Difo will continue holding down the second base duties for the Nationals until Murphy is ready to get back on the field.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
6 days ago

Murphy (leg) is out of Sunday's lineup against the Pirates, Dan Kolko of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy's absence from the lineup comes as no surprise, as it was announced that he'd be temporarily shut down to deal with a mild glute strain. However, now that the Nationals have clinched the NL East, it's possible that they'll be even more patient before having Murphy return to action. He'll be replaced by Wilmer Difo at second base Sunday afternoon.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
1 week ago

Murphy has been diagnosed with a mild glute strain and will be shut down for a few days, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was clear that something was up with Murphy, who had not been responding to treatment on what was thought to be a leg injury. An MRI revealed the glute strain, and he seems likely to miss this weekend's series against the Pirates. Stephen Drew is starting at second base and hitting sixth Friday.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
1 week ago

Murphy (leg) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Pirates, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy was able to pinch hit in two of the past four games, but it seems that the Nationals are still being cautious with the Adl-Star second baseman. It's unclear if his ailment has improved at all with the off day Thursday, but Stephen Drew will fill in for Murphy once again Friday.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
1 week ago

Murphy, who is out of Wednesday's lineup, is not responding to treatment on his injured leg and will receive further treatment Thursday, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is awfully concerning in the short term, as it does not sound like there is a firm timetable for Murphy to return to action. The Nationals are being secretive about what the exact nature of Murphy's ailment is, but manager Dusty Baker admitted that he is worried that Murphy would re-injure himself if he attempted to play through it now. In the meantime Stephen Drew continues to start at second base Wednesday.

OUTDaniel Murphy
1B/2B/3B WSH
1 week ago

Murphy (leg) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

EDGE Analysis

The expectation was that Murphy would be back in action Wednesday but it seems that he is not feeling as good as the team had expected. Stephen Drew will man the keystone Wednesday and Murphy will get to take advantage of an off day Thursday to try to get right for the weekend series against the Pirates.