Daniel Murphy was the Mets' new third baseman again last night, at least until he left the game with an injury. In the absence of captain David Wright, the Mets have had a revolving door of players attempt to fill the void left on the hot corner. Eric Campbell, Ruben Tejada, and even backup catcher Anthony Recker have appeared at third base, but Terry Collins has had trouble finding a concrete solution for his everyday lineup.
Before last night, Murphy had started 12 games at third. The plan was for him to remain there until Wright returns from the disabled list. Earlier this season, Murphy moved over to third after second baseman Dilson Herrera was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, Murphy landed back at second as Herrera also found himself on the DL.
It was reported that Murphy volunteered to shift to third base to allow Tejada to play second. Murphy explained that he is a better fit at third while Tejada is better suited for second. Collins had been trying to find a place for Tejada, who has been hitting well when he's played this season. And Wilmer Flores remains at shortstop to keep his powerful bat in the lineup despite his troubles in the field.
Murphy has appeared in 54 games this season with 39 starts at second base and 12 at third base as the Mets' lone All-Star from last season. But he, too, might land on the disabled list after leaving last night's game with a tight quad, which would set the revolving door at third back in motion.