Collins praises first-time All-Star Murphy's work ethic
Mets second baseman continues to be subject of trade rumors as Deadline nears
NEW YORK -- Considering second baseman Daniel Murphy finished Sunday's game against the Rangers in a relative cold snap at the plate, with just three hits in 20 at-bats, the All-Star Game was not at the front of his mind. So when Terry Collins called Murphy into his office after the game, the manager recalled laughing, "I think he thought he got traded."
Murphy's name has indeed been prominent in early trade rumors, and should remain so throughout July. With his production and salary both at all-time highs, the Mets have little choice but to weigh offers for their All-Star second baseman in the weeks leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Murphy can become a free agent after next season.
For now, however, he will focus on the newest line of his resume: All-Star. Collins on Monday added to the chorus heaping praise upon Murphy, lauding the corner-infielder-turned-outfielder-turned-second-baseman's work ethic, which has seen him transform from fringe Major Leaguer to All-Star over the past three seasons.
"When you're in an organization and you have a guy who's maybe not a standout," Collins said, "but a good, solid player, you can point to Daniel Murphy and say, 'If you work as hard as he does … anything can happen.' I think Dan's a great example."
Mets personnel visit nearby VA facility
NEW YORK -- On Monday afternoon, at a VA facility about half an hour from Citi Field, Mets personnel met and spoke with about 150 veterans as a part of the club's ongoing commitment to the military.
General manager Sandy Alderson, Mets Hall of Famer Rusty Staub and Mets WOR broadcaster Josh Lewin all visited the VA St. Albans Community Living Center in Jamaica, Queens, for a barbecue and question-and-answer session, the latest effort of the organization's "Military Mondays" program.
Lewin saw it as a small way to give back.
"I try to pass it down to my kids, and I hope they'll pass it down to their kids -- we're all in this together," Lewin said. "Not just this particular community in Queens, but extrapolate it out -- New York City, New York state, the eastern seaboard. We're all a part of something bigger than us. These are people that served and did their time and did much more important things than we do. It's a way to give back and say, 'Thank you.'"
Against the Braves, the Mets wore camouflage jerseys, as they do for every Monday home game.
• Infielder Wilmer Flores won Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors after hitting six homers in five games from July 2-6. Flores also led the PCL with 13 hits, 12 runs scored and 16 RBIs for the week ending July 6, batting .382 and hitting safely in all eight of his games. The Mets demoted Flores to Las Vegas on June 25 because he was not receiving regular playing time in the big leagues.
• The Mets plan to cap right-hander Dillon Gee at around 90-95 pitches Wednesday against the Braves, in his first start back from the disabled list. Gee pitched six innings in his final rehab start Friday for Class A Brooklyn.
• X-rays on reliever Carlos Torres' right hand came back negative after B.J. Upton hit him with a comebacker in the 11th inning of Monday's 4-3 win over the Braves. The Mets diagnosed Torres with a right hand contusion.
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