Ailing Murphy coming around

Ailing Murphy coming around

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder David Murphy, who is trying to recover quickly from a strained left groin, said on Saturday he has improved mightily over the past 24 hours.

He took 35-40 swings on Saturday, splitting between hitting off a tee and soft toss. He threw for about 10 minutes from 120 feet. He rode an elliptical machine for 10 minutes.

Murphy said the ultimate test will be running, and he hopes to ramp things up on Sunday. But he probably won't test his groin full speed until Tuesday, the day before the Rangers' American League Division Series opener.

"I'm more optimistic, yes," Murphy said. "Like I said, running is going to be the ultimate test. I don't know if I'll do that full speed until Tuesday, but so far, so good."

Murphy was asked if he could play Saturday if he absolutely had to.

"I don't know if I could run full speed today," Murphy said.