After a 3-for-4 performance on Friday night, J.R. Murphy upped his batting average to an impressive .323. That’s where the good news stopped for the 21-year-old catcher. He found out after the game that fellow backstop (and Thunder alum) Francisco Cervelli is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks after fracturing his hand behind the plate tonight.
Reports out of New York have Austin Romine getting called up to take his place, but after that, it’s anybody’s guess. Although speculation was rampant that Murphy could get a call to Triple-A Scranton, he certainly hadn’t heard anything yet, and the smart money seems to be on the fact that he won’t at all. That’s not to say, however, that he isn’t ready for the call.
“I’ve never played there, but I’d like to think (I could),” Murphy said. “There’s still a lot of stuff that I’m working on and need to improve on, but obviously if that opportunity is given to me, I’m going to take it willingly and do my best.”
But moreso than anything else, Murphy was disappointed to hear that a member of the Yankees catching fraternity had been injured.
“That’s terrible when anybody gets injured, especially Cervelli,” he said. “He’s been doing really well and playing a lot. So, that’s really unfortunate for him. I don’t wish that upon anybody.”
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