The Associated Press reports Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy (knee) will miss two to four weeks with a strained right knee ligament. He sustained the injury in a collision at home plate with New York Yankees catcher Ivan Rodriguez (knee) Wednesday, Aug. 6. He will have an MRI on the knee Thursday, Aug. 7.
Murphy is having a solid year in his first full season with a .275 average, 15 homers and 74 RBIs. Outfielder Milton Bradley (quadriceps) has appeared once in the eight straight games as a pinch hitter, which compounds the absence of Murphy. Bradley is hoping to return this weekend. Bradley is hitting .320 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs.
Manager Ron Washington said the team is expected to call up an outfielder Aug. 7. Triple-A Oklahoma outfielder Nelson R. Cruz (.344-37-98 this season) would have been the likely replacement, but he strained his quadriceps last week and is expected to be out until September.
Outfielders Marlon Byrd and Brandon Boggs could see extended playing time. Byrd, who is hitting .260 with seven homers and 27 RBIs this year, has been in the lineup with Bradley injured. He's 7-for-21 with a homer and five RBIs in August; this latest injury could keep him in the lineup even when Bradley returns.
Boggs is hitting .244 with five homers and 30 RBIs. He has struck out 63 times in 205 at-bats, though. Boggs' fantasy value is minimal in AL-only leagues and null in mixed leagues.
For now, place Murphy on your bench or disabled list when Texas makes the roster move. He could be dropped in shallow mixed setups if the owner doesn't have DL space.
Byrd and Boggs are safer as AL-only plays, but if Byrd continues his steady hitting, he could have some upside for deep mixed leagues.
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