Just one game back after a stint on the 15-day disabled list, Daniel Murphy will move across the diamond to third base in order for the Mets to get a continued look at Dilson Herrera. Murphy will bat third and Herrera seventh in tonight's series finale against the Rockies.
A first-time All-Star in 2014, Murphy is hitting .301/.343/.424 in 127 games this season. He returned to action last night after missing 13 games with a strained calf. Murphy played 196 of his 240 career minor league games at the hot corner, but has not played the position since appearing there 28 times (25 starts) in 2011.
Herrera has drawn positive reviews since his call-up from Double-A Binghamton on August 29. The 20-year-old is batting .243/.317/.459 and has slugged two homers with seven RBI in his first 10 major league games.
The somewhat surprising switch follows Tuesday night's announcement that David Wright will miss the final 17 games of the year due to continued pain in his left shoulder.