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Murphy, Goodwin begin rehab, 'getting close'

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MIAMI -- The biggest positive from Daniel Murphy's rehab assignment on Saturday was moving full speed from first to third on a hit. The Nationals' second baseman went 1-for-4 and scored a run for Double-A Harrisburg.

"More than hitting, for me he's going to hit, it's more the running portion of it," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said on Sunday. "Him having the confidence to go first to third, that's a good indication that he's feeling good."

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MIAMI -- The biggest positive from Daniel Murphy's rehab assignment on Saturday was moving full speed from first to third on a hit. The Nationals' second baseman went 1-for-4 and scored a run for Double-A Harrisburg.

"More than hitting, for me he's going to hit, it's more the running portion of it," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said on Sunday. "Him having the confidence to go first to third, that's a good indication that he's feeling good."

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Left fielder Brian Goodwin also had a hit in four trips to the plate in the same game during his initial rehab assignment.

"They did well," Martinez said. "Murphy went first to third and did really well. Hopefully I'm going to get some video of it."

Both played seven innings of a 10-6 loss to Altoona.

"It's good to see. They're getting close," Martinez said.

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Still, Martinez said he wants to see some video and will rely on medical staff for recommendation moving forward.

"I've got 25 guys right now that are playing here that I worry about a lot, the medical staff keeps me updated," Martinez said. "I watch videos on them. Hopefully they'll keep progressing and we won't have any setbacks."

The next step for both is simply to continue to play and progress.

"Maybe play back-to-back days, get them up to nine innings a couple of times, and then we'll see where we go from there," Martinez said.

Murphy has not played since undergoing right knee surgery last October. Goodwin went on the 10-day disabled list on April 17 (retroactive to April 16) with a left wrist contusion. In 13 games this season for the Nationals, Goodwin hit .250 with one homer and eight RBIs in 24 at-bats.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami.

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