Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 2 Months

Daniel Murphy is not in the Mets' lineup Thursday.

It's the first day of rest for Murphy since he returned from paternity leave on April 3. Wilmer Flores is starting at second base on Thursday night versus the Cubs.

Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 2 Months

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

Murphy entered the game in a slump, having posted a .560 OPS in 75 plate appearances dating back to May 20. He still has a respectable slash line at .299/.357/.406 with 21 RBI and nine stolen bases.

Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 2 Months

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with an RBI, leading the Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks and a split in Sunday's doubleheader.

Murphy also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances. His RBI single off Trevor Cahill in the eighth inning provided a valuable insurance run, increasing the Mets lead to two runs. He's been terrific at the plate in the early going, hitting .313/.361/.428 with three homers, 19 RBI and nine stolen bases.

Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 2 Months

Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Murphy's fifth-inning blast off of Alfredo Aceves put the Mets up 11-4 in an offense-packed game. Murphy finished with four RBI in total, giving him 17 on the season along with a magnificent .320/.369/.471 slash line. Murphy has become an unsung hero of sorts for the Mets.

Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 2 Months

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Mets' 5-4, 11-inning win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Murphy had 10 total bases on the day, doubling twice and walking two times as well. But the big hit came with the Mets down three in the ninth inning, as he took Antonio Bastardo deep to cut the Phillies' lead to one. It was Murphy's second homer of the year, and the second baseman is batting .317/.367/.455 in the follow-up to his breakout 2013 season.

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Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

Murphy walked and scored in the third inning, and his double in the fourth gave the Mets a four-run lead. It was his third double and fourth extra-base hit in the last two games. He's still without a home run, but Murphy owns .314 batting average and .746 OPS on the year.

Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 3 Months

Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk Thursday versus the Cardinals.

Murphy's eighth multihit game of the season raised his average to .291. However, he's still looking for his first homer after 86 at-bats. Last year, he had 13 homers in 658 at-bats for the Mets.

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Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Braves on Thursday.

Murphy drove in Eric Young Jr. on three separate occasions. He also came around to score twice tonight. In his first six games of the year, he had one run scored and no RBI.

Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 4 Months

Mets activated 2B Daniel Murphy from the paternity leave list.

Murphy is back in the Mets' starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's series-finale against the Nationals after missing Monday and Wednesday to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple's first child. He's batting second and playing second base Thursday versus Washington right-hander Tanner Roark.

Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 4 Months

Daniel Murphy (wife having baby) is expected to join the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

Murphy missed the Mets' regular-season opener on Monday and will also be absent on Wednesday because his wife is giving birth to the couple's first child. He was officially placed on paternity leave Wednesday morning so that the Mets could call up an extra infielder.