NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup with a sore lower back, which the second baseman downplayed prior to the game.
Slated to play second base and bat second in the Mets' original lineup, Murphy was scratched several hours before first pitch. He did, however, participate in a series of fielding drills and said he fully expects to return on Friday. Ronny Cedeno took Murphy's place in the lineup, batting second.
"I don't plan on this keeping me out any longer than a day," said Murphy, who is batting .292 with five home runs in 136 games. "We'll get it to quiet down."
Murphy said he woke up with the discomfort on Wednesday morning. When he alerted manager Terry Collins of the issue, Collins suggested he sit out Wednesday's finale against the Nationals. The Mets have an off-day Thursday, giving Murphy two full days of rest before opening a series in Milwaukee this weekend.
"It's just a little soreness," Murphy said. "I probably could play, but we erred on the side of safety with this one."
The Mets had to dig a little deeper Wednesday, as Cedeno left after the fifth with a tight right hamstring. Jordany Valdespin replaced Cedeno at second.