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Mets shut down Daniel Murphy for a week with hamstring injury

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The second baseman hurt his hamstring running the bases in a spring training game on Thursday.

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The Mets will shut down Daniel Murphy for at least a week, reports Marc Carig at Newsday, after he injured his hamstring running the bases in a spring training game on Thursday afternoon. Entering the final year of his contract, Murphy might not figure into the team's long-term plans, but he is an important player for the 2015 season. Last year, he hit .289/.332/.403 with a 110 wRC+ and played decently enough in the field to be worth 2.8 fWAR.

With Opening Day not all that far away, Murphy could start the year on the disabled list if he misses more than a week. In the short-term, the Mets have a few options for replacing him in Dilson Herrera, Matt Reynolds, Daniel Muno, and Ruben Tejada. In the abstract, Eric Campbell and Michael Cuddyer could stand at second base, too. In Carig's report, general manager Sandy Alderson rules out Herrera for the gig, as he has already been sent to minor league camp.