Murphy back to reserve role

Murphy back to reserve role

ARLINGTON -- The return of Nelson Cruz means David Murphy goes back to his fourth outfielder role. But manager Ron Washington insisted he will still get Murphy time even though his regular outfield will have Josh Hamilton in left, Julio Borbon in center, Cruz in right and Vladimir Guerrero will remain the primary designated hitter.

"I'm going to give him opportunities," Washington said. "I'm just not going to sit on David. I don't know how many games but I'm not going to sit on him. He just happens to be the fourth guy, but he's a very productive fourth guy. I'm definitely looking forward to keep David in there. I will. He's important. We need him."

Murphy was 0-for-5 on Wednesday, but he is still 10-for-28 on the homestand with five RBIs in six games. He is hitting .222 with two home runs and 14 RBIs on the season.

"I feel great," Murphy said. "If you look at my season last year, I feel like I had a decent season but I feel now like I did in 2008. Even though I had a decent season last year, I was passive at the plate. Now I feel I can hit the ball hard every single time at bat."