Daniel Murphy's calf strain will keep him out for awhile.
Daniel Murphy is batting .301 with nine home runs, 13 stolen bases and 73 runs scored.
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By John Halpin
Mets 2B Daniel Murphy is probably underrated - he's been fantasy's seventh-best second baseman this season, according to FOXSports.com scoring. Murphy's owners know how good he is, and they'll miss him while he's on the DL with a calf strain. Murphy has been day to day since Monday, and the results of a Thursday MRI caused the team's DL decision.
The Mets have called up 20-year-old Dilson Herrera to take Murphy's roster spot, and Herrera's minor-league numbers (.319 BA, 12 HR, 24 SB between A ball and Double A) should make him interesting to NL-only owners, I don't think I'd grab the extremely young Herrera in any mixed leagues, though.
Tony Sippgot Thursday's save for the Astros. What should we make of that, since Chad Qualls has struggled lately? The Houston Chroniclereports that Sipp "handled the ninth for the save on a night Qualls was given off to rest."
The A's will juggle their rotation a bit for this weekend, with Jeff Samardzija moving up to Saturday, and Scott Kazmir getting pushed back to Sunday for some extra rest.
Two doubleheaders are on Saturday's schedule: Tigers-White Sox and Cubs-Cardinals.
Collin' McHugh'ssolid Thursday outing raised our record to 82-53 for the season. The weekend picks are Jacob deGrom (owned in 29.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) tonight against the Phillies; D-backs lefty Vidal Nuno (0.7 percent owned) versus the Rockies on Saturday; and Royals' lefty Danny Duffy (38.3 percent owned) against the Indians on Sunday. Duffy's control has improved lately - he's allowed just seven walks in 30 2/3 innings over his last five starts.