The New York Mets expect second baseman Daniel Murphy to start on Opening Day against the Washington Nationals, reports ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.
Murphy has been playing in minor league games in spring training as he continues to recover from a hamstring pull, but will take Thursday off.
Murphy, 29, is entering his seventh season with the Mets. Over 143 games last season, he recorded a .289 batting average with nine home runs and 57 RBIs and was the only Mets player to be selected to the 2014 All-Star Game.
After three games against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., the Mets will play a three-game series against the Braves in Atlanta.