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The Mets claimed Turner off waivers from Baltimore last May, and he batted .333 in Triple-A Buffalo in 2010.

“We’ve got to start making some choices there,” Collins said.

Murphy has been putting in some extra time learning the position, especially with his pivots. He often comes in early or stays late to get in some practice time by himself.

“We have a pitching machine in the batting cages, so I go in there and turn it on and work on transfers and some of my footwork without it being too taxing or worrying about finishing the play and throwing it, so it’s not too tiring on my arm,” Murphy said. “That’s more of a ‘me’ time, to get a feeling for my body and what I can do, things I need to work on, what I’m not quite as good at. It’s basically just me trying to get an understanding of myself as a second baseman.”

Murphy said playing second doesn’t feel any different on his knee, and he is completely healthy and ready to compete after testing it in winter ball this offseason.

“I got a chance to play some second base in a game situation, and it was also a chance to prove to myself and confirm what I already knew, which was I am healthy,” Murphy said. “I played for a month and didn’t miss a beat. I felt good, stole some bases and was able to kind of make up for some of the at-bats I missed last year.”

If Murphy doesn’t win the starting second base job, he moves into the competition for a bench spot, but he is hoping his versatility gives him an edge there.

“First and foremost I want to make this ball club,” Murphy said. “I want to help this team win. I hope the fact I can play first, I can play third, and I am getting more consistent at second that will allow me to make the team.”