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Daniel Murphy again did not play in a game yesterday, as he continues to deal with stiffness on the right side of his rib cage.

Terry Collins said yesterday that Murphy must get in to a exhibition game by this weekend if he's going to be ready for Opening Day.

Otherwise, Murphy could start the season on the disabled list.

Murphy has been sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle since February 18 - he has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game yet this spring.

If Murphy isn't ready to go, I would think that means Jordany Valdespin will be the team's Opening Day second baseman. If that's the case, the outfield will be comprised a combination of Marlon Byrd, Collin Cowgill, Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter, and maybe Matt den Dekker. In any case, the Mets could conceivably have a platoon at all three outfield positions, which is something Collins has said is not something he wants.

Tags: MetsBlog , Matthew Cerrone
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