10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
1 week ago

Murphy (knee) logged five at-bats and took 35 groundballs in game at extended spring training Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

It doesn't seem like Murphy is able to play the field quite yet, but the fact that he's fielding groundballs makes it seem as if a return to the field is close. The veteran still seems to be a bit away from full game action, so his return timetable should become clearer as he progresses further.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
2 weeks ago

Murphy (knee) will begin playing in extended spring training games Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy's advancement to participating in extended spring training games is certainly a positive sign, but manager Davey Martinez cautioned Sunday that the team won't rush his rehab and that he needs go through his own spring training regimen. It sounds like Murphy is still a week or more away from returning to the field, though more updates on his condition should become available as he jumps into his extended spring training action.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
2 weeks ago

Manager Davey Martinez said that Murphy (knee) could begin playing in extended spring training contests in "a week or so," Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy continues to ease his way back from October knee surgery, though it appears that he's still a couple weeks away from competing at the major-league level. The club wants Murphy to partake in more intense baserunning and agility drills before sending him south to extended spring training.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
3 weeks ago

Murphy (knee) is approximately a week away from being sent on a rehab assignment, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Before sending Murphy on a rehab assignment, the team wants the 33-year-old to practice running the bases and participate in more strenuous drills to ensure his knee is healthy. A specific date for Murphy's eventual activation from the DL should become available once he begins his rehab assignment.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
3 weeks ago

Murphy (knee) participated in batting practice Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite consistently being able to participate in baseball activities, it's unclear when the Nationals are aiming to take Murphy off the disabled list. Until Murphy is back in full health, Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo will continue sharing time at second base.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
3 weeks ago

Murphy (knee) participated in running drills in the outfield prior to Saturday's game, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy remains without a timetable, though he's continued to gradually ramp up activities over the past few weeks. The second baseman began running in the outfield earlier this week and has been able to partake in fielding drills since late March. Expect a return date to come into focus sometime in the coming days.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
3 weeks ago

Murphy (knee) ran on the field Monday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy had been limited to running on a treadmill before Monday, so this is certainly an encouraging step in his recovery from October knee surgery. The 33-year-old was also able to incorporate significant lateral movements in his workout over the weekend, so he seems to be making solid progress. That said, he remains without a timetable for his return. Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo will continue to hold down second base until Murphy is ready to return.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
4 weeks ago

Murphy (knee) practiced fielding grounders Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sunday marked the first time that Murphy's workout included a significant amount of lateral movements. This progress is promising, as the Nationals had hoped that Murphy would avoid missing an extended period of time after opening the season on the disabled list. Until his return, expect Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo to spend time at second base.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
1 month ago

Murphy (knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy had already ruled himself out for Opening Day as he hasn't yet fully recovered from October knee surgery, so this is hardly a surprise. The DL stint means that Murphy will miss at least the first week of the regular season, though the Nationals sound optimistic that he won't miss too much more than that. Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo are likely to fill in at second base in Murphy's absence.

10DDaniel Murphy
2B WSH
1 month ago

Murphy (knee) said Wednesday that it's "reasonable to expect" that he won't be ready to play in the Nationals' season opener against the Reds, Eddie Matz of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Murphy's comments essentially echo what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday, so look for the team to place the second baseman on the 10-day disabled list shortly before spring training concludes. Though Murphy hasn't recovered from October microfracture surgery on his right knee quite as quickly as hoped, the 32-year-old noted that he's pleased with his progress. Per Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, Murphy is regularly taking batting practice and has incorporated more lateral movement in his fielding drills in recent days. It's unclear if he'll be able to get in any at-bats before the Grapefruit League concludes, but the Nationals seem optimistic that Murphy is only looking at a short-term absence to begin the season. Howie Kendrick is the favorite to open the campaign as the primary starter at the keystone, with Wilmer Difo also likely to pick up work behind him.