“We had a conversation this morning. He said, ‘I’ll be ready by Opening Day.’ I said, ‘Well, let’s talk about that next Wednesday or Thursday,’” Collins said, according to Rubin.
Murphy strained his intercostal muscle in mid-February and has not played in a Grapefruit League game yet this spring.
Murphy played in a minor league game last weekend, but hasn't since due to persistent stiffness in his side.
As long as Murphy doesn't appear in a Major League game between now and Opening Day, the Mets can backdate a potential stint on the disabled list, only requiring him to miss the first five games of the season.
For Michael Baron's thoughts on who might start at second base if Murphy isn't ready, check out this post to MetsBlog from earlier today.