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Murphy returned to the lineup Wednesday as the team's DH, Joe Reedy of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

Murphy was nursing a sprained ankle that had held him out of spring action since Friday, but he was able to return to the field as expected Wednesday. The 33-year-old figures to return to the outfield in a spring game at some point in the near future.

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Murphy (ankle) is expected back in the lineup as the DH on Wednesday.

Murphy could actually get a slight boost to start the season with Nick Swisher likely unavailable to start the season but figures to fill a reserve role in a crowded outfield once everyone is back to full health.

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Murphy is nursing a sprained ankle, which he suffered in Friday's exhibition, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports.

Murphy is having a pretty rough spring at the plate, but may still be ticketed for a bench role this season. Considering he had a .703 OPS in 2014 and a .656 OPS in 2013, there is not much reason for optimism from a fantasy perspective, even if he finds his way to increased playing time.

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Murphy is hitting just .188 (3-for-16) in Cactus League play this spring.

Spring training stats aren't going to mean much for a veteran like Murphy but the encouraging health reports from Brandon Moss and Michael Bourn may put the squeeze on Murphy's playing time when the season starts. Nick Swisher is still in the process of working his way back to full health but Murphy may need a change of scenery to carve out much of a role this season.

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Murphy is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.

With lefty Jason Vargas pitching for Kansas City, Murphy will yield his starting spot in right to Tyler Holt.

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Murphy is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

As is custom, Murphy will sit with a lefty on the mound for the Astros in Brett Oberholtzer. Tyler Holt will cover right field in his stead.

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Murphy is out of the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

Murphy is out for the fourth time in five games Saturday, giving way to Ryan Rayburn in right field. He hasn't really been struggling at the plate, but the team has four outfielders for three spots, and with Carlos Santana serving as the designated hitter, Murphy is the odd man out again.

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Murphy is out of the lineup for Game 1 of the Indians' doubleheader with the Twins on Thursday.

It's a little odd that Murphy is out of the lineup with a right-hander in Kyle Gibson on the mound for Game 1, but he'll give way in right field to Tyler Holt nonetheless. The Twins will bring another righty to the hill for Game 2, so there's a good chance that Murphy will still get his fair share of at-bats Thursday.

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Murphy was 1-for-1 with one RBI in the Indians' win over the White Sox on Friday night.

In his first action since returning from the disabled list earlier in the day, he provided a one out, pinch-hit, game-winning single in the tenth inning. he's now hitting .264 with 56 RBI, but it remains unclear how much playing time he will be able to handle in the immediate future.

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Murphy (oblique) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday.

After successfully running the bases Tuesday, Murphy joined Triple-A Columbus and homered in their International League semifinals game Wednesday, his first game action in about a month. He was slated to play seven innings Thursday, but with both Columbus and Double-A Akron on the road for their respective playoff games Friday, the Indians will welcome Murphy back to the active roster. It's uncertain whether Murphy will remain limited immediately upon his return, but it seems entirely possible.