- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Daniel Murphy put most of his work in at Nationals Park after his teammates Tuesday. But, that he is moving forward is what mattered most to the team as it prepares to open the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Murphy took batting practice then worked in the field at second base after not participating in earlier rounds of team defensive drills. He was not in the clubhouse afterward when it was open to the media. Nationals manager Dusty Baker arrived late for his press conference because he was watching Murphy (strained buttock) run in the field.

“He looked pretty good at second base,” Baker said. “We didn’t have him range very far right or left. Then, I saw him running with one of our trainers. He looked pretty good. He’s come a long ways from where he was.”

Murphy was running around cones, Baker said. Previously, he had been just jogging around the field during his rehabilitation. Baker said Murphy’s workload is expected to increase Wednesday when the Nationals workout again.

Murphy has not played a full game since Sept. 17. He’s had three at-bats since, all as a pinch-hitter. He is a career .308 hitter in 13 at-bats against the Dodgers‘ Game 1 starter, Clayton Kershaw. He hit .347 with a .985 OPS this season.

“I think he’s going to be ready for Game 1,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “I feel confident about that.”

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