One of the favorites for the NL MVP award is not off to an ideal start in the second half of the season.
Originally set to start for the Nationals at first base on Friday night, Daniel Murphy was scratched 90 minutes before first pitch with a sore left hamstring. He sustained the injury while sliding into second base in the ninth inning of Tuesday's All-Star Game in San Diego.
"I just felt some tightness," Murphy said. "I think that after speaking with the training staff, we felt that it was the best idea to give it a day. Then we'll come in tomorrow and see how it feels."
Murphy is considered day-to-day. He was replaced on Friday by Clint Robinson, who singled twice with an RBI and a run scored.
Robinson filled in well, but surely the Nationals will want their All-Star second baseman back soon. Murphy currently leads the majors with a .348 batting average and has a career-high 17 homers already.
"We can't lose Murphy for any period of time," manager Dusty Baker said. "The leg is hurting, but it's not too bad. We want to stop it before it gets to something worse."
Murphy hurt his leg after singling in his third at-bat of Tuesday's Midsummer Classic. He was one of four players on the NL squad to register three ABs in the game.
Murphy ran hard to second on a groundball hit by Paul Goldschmidt, who came to the plate representing the tying run with the AL leading 4-2. With home field advantage for the World Series on the line, it's hard to blame Murphy for hustling on the base paths, despite the game technically being an exhibition event.
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