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Reyes on DL; Murphy 'likely' out for rest of season

Jose Reyes takes batting practice before taking on

Jose Reyes takes batting practice before taking on the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. ( Aug 6, 2011) Photo Credit: David Pokress

After being carried off the field Sunday hobbling on one leg, second baseman Daniel Murphy will “likely” miss the rest of the year because of a MCL sprain of the left knee and Jose Reyes was placed on the disabled list, the Mets announced Monday.

Murphy's injury will not require surgery. Infielder Ruben Tejada and outfielder Mike Baxter were promoted Monday from Triple-A Buffalo.

Jose Reyes received an MRI Sunday at the Hospital for Special Surgery and was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring, according to the team. The Mets’ shortstop missed 12 games last month because of a strained left hamstring and was forced to skip the All-Star Game.

Murphy’s knee was bent awkwardly by a sliding Jose Constanza while covering second base on a stolen base attempt. Murphy entered the game in a pinch-hitting role in the sixth inning before leaving in the seventh.

Murphy was having the best season of his young career batting .318 with six home runs and 49 RBIs. Last year, Murphy missed the entire season because of an MCL tear of his right knee.

“I was sick to my stomach for Murphy,” Collins said after the loss to the Braves. “He was in a lot of pain. All he kept saying was, ‘Get me off he field, get me off the field.’ We tried to calm him down. You could tell he was hurting.”


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