Murphy and his agent, Jeff Kahn, joked about the possibility of him returning to Texas around the trade deadline, but Murphy never took it seriously.
"I found out on TV and then I started getting phone calls," Murphy, who is from Spring, Texas, said. "I'm excited. It's good to be home. I don't know how much I'm going to play. When I get a chance, I'll go out there and play hard."
Murphy, who will play all three outfield positions, was hitting .280 with nine home runs and 47 RBIs for Boston's Triple-A affiliate, Pawtucket. He was 2-for-7 in two games with Oklahoma.
"I'm looking forward to seeing him," Washington said. "He has a strong looking body -- tall and strong. He might be a thoroughbred."
Murphy said 12-13 of his family members will be at the game on Saturday.
The outfielder was called up for Jerry Hairston, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore back. A back specialist examined Hairston on Friday.
Padilla to start?
Vicente Padilla threw a rehab start on Friday for Double-A Frisco, allowing one run on three hits with three walks and one strikeout over 2 1/3 innings in a 62-pitch outing. He could return to the Rangers rotation on Aug. 15 against Kansas City. If Padilla does not start, John Rheinecker, who starts on Saturday, will make the start.
"[Saturday] is not a showcase for [Rheinecker] because when we get Padilla back, he gets back in rotation and someone has to go out," Washington said. "It's not a do-or-die thing -- not for me, [Rheinecker] might feel like that, but not me."
Loe pushed back:
Kameron Loe's bullpen session scheduled for Friday was pushed back until Saturday. Loe experienced back problems early Friday.
"We had to shut him down," Washington said. "When Kam says he needs a day, you give him a day. He'll be ready tomorrow."
Hall of Fame weekend:
Rusty Greer will be inducted into the Rangers' Hall of Fame Saturday. Former teammate John Wetteland, who was inducted in 2005, said "it's about time" for Greer to be in the Hall of Fame.
"You talk about the Rangers and you think Rusty Greer," Wetteland said. "He played as if his next meal depended on it. He was the most feared opponent, he already had a penchant for being a dramatic, all-out player, not even three years into his career."
Wetteland, along with Ferguson Jenkins and Jim Sundberg, will be among former players on hand for Greer's induction.
They said it:
"I remember making [Greer] real mad one day after breaking his cell phone. I hit his cell phone in his pants and it exploded. I wish I had that pinpoint accuracy [on the mound] because I would've played a lot longer." -- Wetteland
"The way he played the game, with reckless abandon, the way he played hard, it's unfortunate his career got cut short by the way he played. He was a gamer, certainly a guy that you would like to go to war with. You knew he'd give you the best every day, he just never got a chance to finish his career." -- Washington on Greer
Thursday's Minor League stars:
Catcher Taylor Teagarden went 2-for-3 with a home run as Double-A Frisco defeated Tulsa, 10-4.
Right-hander Jordan Stewart pitched three scoreless innings allowing two hits with three strikeouts as Class A Spokane lost to Eugene, 5-0.
Outfielder John Mayberry went 1-for-2 with a home run and four RBIs in Frisco's victory.
The Rangers game on Sept. 2 against the Los Angeles Angels will be nationally televised on ESPN2 with first-pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. CT ... Washington said designated hitter Sammy Sosa would play one game before the Rangers leave town on Aug. 17.
Texas hosts Tampa Bay in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. CT at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Left-hander Rheinecker pitches for the Rangers against right-hander Edwin Jackson of the Devil Rays.