Murphy strains right shoulder, to have MRI

Murphy strains right shoulder, to have MRI

NEW YORK -- Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy felt a shoulder injury before his eighth inning at-bat in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Astros but still tried to hit, and the home team pulled him right before the start of the ninth inning.

Murphy's injury was classified as a posterior strain of the right shoulder shortly after the game, and the infielder will undergo an MRI on Monday. Murphy doesn't think the injury is serious but looks forward to confirmation.

"It's normal soreness that I feel over the course of the year. It was just amplified a little bit today," he said. "We're going to get it checked out tomorrow, but I fully anticipate that I'll be fine."

Murphy, who went 0-for-4 in the victory, said he felt his shoulder tighten up while in the dugout late in the game. He still tried to hit, though, and flew out with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. He said he expects to be available Tuesday, pending the results of his medical examination.

"I never felt a pop," he said. "I was on the bench and it kind of felt more like a spasm. I got the trainer to work on it a little bit ... but I don't think it was quite enough time. Once I got in the box, it grabbed on me a little bit, but I actually felt better at the end of the [at-bat] than I did at the beginning."