Mets Lose Murphy for Rest of Season

The New York Times—June 3, 2010

After finally recovering from the right knee sprain he sustained near the end of spring training, and from the disappointment of losing his starting first baseman’s job, Daniel Murphy sat with Omar Minaya in the visitors’ dugout at a Florida ballpark last month and expressed his overriding desire to get back on the field.

“I’m ready to do anything,” he told Minaya, the team’s general manager.

But Murphy could not have been ready for a slide by Syracuse’s Leonard Davis on Wednesday night, and the second heaping of misfortune that he would be served in a season that was already full of it.

Davis’s slide and roll took out the unsuspecting Murphy, who was playing second base. Murphy had a magnetic resonance imaging test Thursday at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, which revealed a high-grade tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

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