The start of this weekend's series with the Texas Rangers can't come soon enough for David Murphy who spent over six years with the club.
Cleveland Indians' David Murphy hits a three-RBI double off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Aaron Loup in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Cleveland. Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera scored. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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By Joe Reedy
CLEVELAND --David Murphy is eager for Friday when the Indians begin a four-game series at Texas. It will be a homecoming for Murphy, who spent six-plus seasons with the Rangers before signing with the Indians during the offseason.
"I'm excited to sleep in my own bed, stay in my house for a few days and see family," said Murphy, who still has a house in the Dallas suburb of Southlake. "I feel like so many of the guys are gone that I was comfortable with. It is going to be strange but a lot of fun."
Murphy has a .284 batting average at Rangers Ballpark with 48 home runs and 191 RBI. He was acquired by Texas in a trade with Boston in 2007.
When asked what the key was to hitting at the ballpark, Murphy said if you can hit the ball to right-center in the air, it has a good chance of being picked up by the jet stream.
Going into Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, Murphy has a seven-game hitting streak and has gone 7 of 16 on the current homestand. He is fifth in the American League with a .370 batting average with runners in scoring position. Murphy has a .337 average in home games this season, which is tied for fifth in the AL.
"We're right where we need to be right now. You can get down on yourself early in the season but we're playing well as a team," Murphy said. "We're in a good place and within striking distance. The key is consistent play, which we need to continue."
SALAZAR ON DL: Danny Salazar, who began the season as the fourth starter in the Indians' rotation, is on the seven-day disabled list in Columbus due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. Salazar was demoted to Triple-A on May 16 after going 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA in eight starts.
In three starts with Columbus, Salazar is 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA. Terry Francona said that if Salazar was still in the Cleveland rotation, he could pitch through it but with the minor leagues having a seven-day DL, this gave Salazar a chance to skip a start.
McALLISTER UPDATE: Zach McAllister’s rehab start for Lake County on Wednesday against Dayton was rained out. He will pitch the first game of a doubleheader against Fort Wayne on Thursday. It will not be McAllister’s only rehab start though as Francona indicated that he will make another start next week in either Columbus or Akron.