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Mets to place Daniel Murphy on disabled list with calf strain

Daniel Murphy is known best as a hitter, but he's worked hard to improve his defense, especially at turning the double play. Photo: Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Daniel Murphy is known best as a hitter, but he's worked hard to improve his defense, especially at turning the double play.

The New York Mets will place All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf, the team announced.

The move is retroactive to Aug. 25. 

The team called up infielder Dilson Herrera from Double-A Binghamton in a corresponding roster move. Herrera was batting .333 with nine home runs in 60 games for Binghamton.

Murphy has not played since Aug. 24 and said he wanted to avoid the DL, but thought it was in his best interest to get healthy. 

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"It's frustrating," Murphy said to MLB.com. "I was hoping it wasn't that bad, but it ended up being a little worse than I thought."

Murphy is seventh in the National League with .301 batting average. He also has nine home runs and 53 RBI and leads the NL with 159 hits. 

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