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David Murphy with "mild groin strain"

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ARLINGTON TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  A general view of play between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers on September 29 2010 in Arlington Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON TX - SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of play between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers on September 29 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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David Murphy's MRI apparently indicated that he has a "mild groin strain," and is day-to-day.

At this point, I'm guessing Murphy doesn't play again until the playoffs, other than maybe a few innings on Sunday to shake off some rust if the medical staff feels he's all the way back.

The injuries to Murphy and Josh Hamilton, though, do lead to a question about the outfield alignment, and could lead to Julio Borbon being forced into full-time action, after the assumption up to this point having been that Borbon's playing time in the playoffs would be limited.

Hamilton, of course, had been playing a lot of centerfield in the second half of the season, and was playing center when he collided with the wall and was put on the shelf. 

Murphy is a corner outfielder who can play some center in a pinch, but really isn't equipped to handle centerfield.

There was some thought that if Hamilton was limited by his injury, Murphy could play center some in the ALDS.  But if Murphy is nursing a groin injury, and Hamilton isn't 100%, then the Rangers' only centerfield option ends up being Borbon.

Too early to say at this point, but this is a situation that bears watching as next week rolls around...