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Murphy to play in minor league game

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy gets ready to take

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy gets ready to take batting practice as pitchers and catchers reported Monday for the first day of spring training at Tradition Field. (Feb. 11, 2013) Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy said he will play in a minor-league game on Monday.

Murphy had been sidelined for virtually the entire spring with a strained intercostal muscle. But he bounced back well after returning to action in a minor-league game on Sunday, when he went 1-for-2 with a walk. Asked how at-bats he might see today, Murphy said "It's more of a feel thing rather than a set number."

Murphy's appears unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, especially since the Mets want to proceed with caution after the second baseman suffered a setback earlier this spring.

"I would like to be there," Murphy said.

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