Murphy making small steps in recovery

February 27th, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- With a little more than a month to go before Opening Day, Nationals second baseman has made some strides since the start of camp, as he rehabs from offseason knee surgery.
Last week, Murphy said he was limited to some light baseball activity, which included some light running on the treadmill and fielding grounders from his knees. On Tuesday morning, manager Dave Martinez said Murphy has started to do a little bit more, advancing in his running program, and working on regaining strength in his leg.
However, Martinez sounded encouraged about Murphy's status and did not indicate that the target date for Opening Day had changed.
"He's coming along really well," Martinez said. "I talked to him this morning and he said he feels great. Once again, we're going to just take our time and make sure he's fully ready."
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Gonzalez makes Grapefruit League debut
made his Grapefruit League debut during Tuesday's 2-2 tie against the Marlins in an outing that appeared similar to some of his outings last season. He made it a habit a year ago of being able to pitch his way out of trouble with runners on base and that continued in the first inning. After giving up a single and a walk, Gonzalez escaped the inning scoreless, and responded by retiring the side in order in the second inning.
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"For him, it's to avoid that big inning and work on strikes," Martinez said. "The way to do that is to limit damage. A guy gets on, just don't worry about it. Just limit the damage, know that you got seven guys behind you that can catch the ball. He did good. I told him I want him to work quick, so he doesn't think. And he was great."
In two scoreless innings, Gonzalez threw 27 pitches and struck out a pair.
"The ball was coming out of my hand pretty good," Gonzalez said. "The first inning was just trying to get a timing, rhythm going again. The second inning was going after hitters."

Glover still shut down
still has not been cleared to throw after entering camp with right shoulder soreness. Martinez did not have an update for when he expected him to resume throwing.
"We'll have to wait and see," Martinez said. "He's coming along. We'll want to make sure there's no irritation whatsoever before he starts throwing."
Adams scratched
Matt Adams was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a blister on his right foot and Martinez said he would like to keep him out a few days. Chris Dominguez replaced him in the lineup, playing first base and batting ninth. Both first baseman on the Nats' projected Opening Day roster have been nursing minor injuries.
was scratched from the lineup a few days ago after he woke up feeling "stiff," and although Martinez said he could have returned to the lineup, the Nats want to be careful and are holding him back a few days.
Up next
After a short outing in his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, will take the mound on three days' rest when the Nats face the Marlins on Wednesday in Jupiter. Roark faced Miami in his first spring outing as well, when he threw 33 pitches in two innings on Sunday.