Rangers hoping Murphy will be OK for Game 3

Rangers hoping Murphy will be OK for Game 3

ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Ron Washington said the plan is for David Murphy to start in left field on Saturday against the Rays and right-hander Matt Garza.

However, Murphy is recovering from a strained left groin muscle and is still not 100 percent. Washington wants to see how Murphy comes through a workout on Friday at the Ballpark in Arlington before committing to starting him in left field.

"If we feel like he can go out there and finish the game, we'll put him out there," Washington said. "But if we have to make a change in the fifth or sixth inning, he's not going out there. Hopefully by Saturday he'll be ready to go, but I'm not putting Murphy out there if he can't play."

Murphy hit .291 with 12 home runs and 65 RBIs in 138 games and 419 at-bats during the regular season but has not played since Sept. 29, when he injured the muscle while running the bases in a game against the Mariners. If Murphy can't go, Julio Borbon will most likely be back in the outfield.