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Indians' David Murphy to get MRI; Nick Swisher ailing

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 9, 2014

Indians outfielder David Murphy left Saturday's game against the New York Yankees in the sixth inning and is trying to get an MRI on his sore right side Sunday morning in New York.

Murphy said he has been battling soreness over the last week, but decided not to push it any more after striking out in the fifth inning.

"It grabbed at me a little bit more," Murphy said after the Indians' 3-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. "I don’t feel like it blew out, but I feel like it got to the point where it was close enough to where I didn’t want to test it any more. It doesn’t feel terrible. The main issue with it is that it’s a sensitive area, if we’re talking baseball-specific. We do so much twisting and torquing when you hit, when you throw.

"I’ve had plenty of times in my career where my hamstring or quad or groin haven’t felt great, but there’s ways to kind of compensate. Then all of a sudden you wake up one day and they’re completely better. You get in the training room and you do a little treatment. That’s what I was hoping would happen with this."

Murphy wasn't sure if it is an oblique injury because he's said he's never dealt with anything like this before. Second baseman Jason Kipnis missed a month with a strained right oblique in May.

"I don’t know exactly what to call it at this point. We’re going to hopefully get an MRI as soon as possible and see the extent and go from there," Murphy said. "We’re trying to get an MRI in the morning. We’ll see if we can get in. Since we’re going home and we have the off day, I’ll get it soon after if I can’t get in tomorrow."

Asked if he was headed to the 15-day disabled list, Murphy said, "I'm not sure yet."

That could also be a possibility for outfielder/designated hitter NIck Swisher, who was replaced in right field by Ryan Raburn in the seventh inning. Swisher was unable to score from second base on a single to right center field by Chris Dickerson in the top of the inning.

 

"His right knee was barking, so we're going to have to figure some things out here," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Swisher.

 

Asked if the disabled list was possible for Murphy or Swisher, Francona said, "I don't know. We've got some things to think about."

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