Murph braced for 2B, Luis takes grounders

February, 7, 2011
2/07/11
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Adam Rubin
Daniel Murphy takes a grounder at second base in Port St. Lucie, as Luis Hernandez waits his turn.
Daniel Murphy and Luis Hernandez took grounders at second base on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., which was notable for different reasons.

Murphy is transitioning to the position. He's still wearing a knee brace where he tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee last season on a takeout slide by a player from Triple-A Syracuse. Murphy said he wore the brace while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic, and it was not restrictive. He plans to wear it during the upcoming season as well.

"I still stole my bases, hit by doubles," Murphy said dryly about his winter-ball experience with the brace.

Hernandez, meanwhile, was taking grounders for the first time since breaking his right foot in September while fouling off a pitch from Tim Hudson. (Hernandez homered on the next pitch that game, barely made it around the bases, then required surgery.) He started hitting two weeks earlier.

Nick Evans also took grounders with that group, and worked at third base.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187