Howard Megdal knows how to get me to link.
Now, as an intercostal injury has sent him back to New York for a possible cortisone shot, the Mets can hardly do without him. If he is forced to miss significant time in 2013, the Mets don’t have an alternative close to Murphy’s level to use in his place. The list of would-be second basemen is: Jordany Valdespin, Justin Turner, Brandon Hicks, Wilmer Flores and Reese Havens.
Murphy is now the third-longest tenured Met on the club, and he’s no longer their all-purpose contingency plan. Daniel Murphy is it.