Murphy still at least a week from game action

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is at least a week away from making his Grapefruit League debut, manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Murphy has not swung a bat since straining his right intercostal muscle in the early days of camp. He received a cortisone shot on Feb. 19, and is scheduled to begin swinging soon, though manager Terry Collins cited Murphy's work ethic as an added reason for caution.

"Certainly we're looking forward to getting him out here pretty soon and starting the process of the dry swings, followed by the tee, followed by the soft toss," Collins said. "The issue with Murph is to pull him back a little bit, because when he starts swinging, he can swing 1,000 times before you know it."