PHILADELPHIA -- Daniel Murphy played second base for the first time in his major-league career Sunday, but after that landmark event, it could become a much more regular occurrence. Terry Collins said he wants to start Murphy at second Thursday against Roy Halladay, and these early righty-lefty plans suggest a platoon might not be too far in the future.
Though the front office wanted Brad Emaus on the Opening Day roster, both for his on-base potential and Rule 5 status, there's nothing to keep Collins from starting Murphy if Emaus struggles early on.
The biggest knock against Murphy during spring training were the questions about his defensive ability, particularly turning double plays. But Murphy looked smooth Sunday, even if he never got a chance for a double play.
"I was able to make the routine plays," said Murphy, who had an RBI double. "I think that's got to be the baseline starting off."
Dickey to be honored
The award is named for Tug McGraw's famous rallying cry in 1973 and is given annually to an individual within or associated with the Mets family who has shown an exceptional commitment to the community or fortitude in overcoming adversity.
The Welcome Home Dinner will benefit the Mets Foundation. General manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins, the coaching staff and all 25 players will be in attendance.
For more information on the dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., call 718-803-4074 or visit mets.com.