Chris Mascaro
Monday March 31st, 2014

Daniel Murphy (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Daniel Murphy only missed two games last season. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets will open their season Monday against the Nationals (weather permitting), but they'll be without regular second baseman Daniel Murphy, whose wife is in labor, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

Murphy, who turns 29 on Tuesday, hit .286 last season — his lowest mark since 2009 — with a career-high 13 homers, 78 RBIs and 23 steals. He has a career .757 OPS in five seasons with the Mets. He missed the entire 2010 season with a torn MCL in his knee.

Murphy and wife Tori Ahern got married in December 2012, and this is the couple's first child.

Eric Young Jr. will get the start at second base in Murphy's absence.

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