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Daniel Murphy leaves game with hamstring tightness

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Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy left Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning with tightness in his right hamstring.

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Second baseman Daniel Murphy left Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals with tightness in his right hamstring.  Murphy singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning but was replaced by Phillip Evans when the Mets trotted out to take the field.

Manager Terry Collins said after the game that Murphy initially felt soreness in his leg as he rounded first base, which led to cramping when he tagged up at third base on the sacrifice.

With Dilson Herrera, who played in 18 games at second base for the Mets last year, already back in minor league camp, Collins has expressed interest in allowing Danny Muno to see time at second in Murphy’s absence. At 26 years old, Muno can potentially add a switch-hitting bat to the Mets’ bench in 2015. Though Murphy's injury does not appear to be serious, he has missed time with leg soreness in the past.  The Mets’ lone All-Star selection in 2014 missed two weeks with a calf strain down the stretch last season.