Murphy takes swings in the batting cage

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy took 20 to 25 swings in the batting cages again on Saturday, as he works back from a strained right intercostal muscle.

The 27-year-old has been taking soft toss swings, "re-acclimating" his body to baseball movements and building up his strength.

Murphy didn't give a specific date for his Grapefruit League debut, but the team will continue to evaluate how he feels every day. His schedule is as follows: Sunday is a "light day," "ramp it up on Monday" and take Tuesday off.

"I think we decided as an organization to play it really on the safe side," Murphy said. "It's a long spring, it's a long season and something we don't want to crop up again. We really took our time and took days off when we felt days were needed. Once we started the work, we wanted to continue to progress up. So far we've done well. I feel good."

When Murphy does return to the lineup, he will be eased back into action. It could be for a couple at-bats and a few innings in the field. The injury occurred on the first day of camp.

"I'm getting close," Murphy said. "It started the way [the] beginning of spring would, and once I get my legs underneath me I should be OK."

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.