Injury opens up more playing time for Murphy

Injury opens up more playing time for Murphy

ARLINGTON -- David Murphy was back in the lineup on Tuesday for the fourth straight game. With Nelson Cruz on the disabled list, Murphy figures to get increased playing time in the outfield, like he did last September when Josh Hamilton was sidelined for most of the month with fractured ribs.

"Murphy will be out there," manager Ron Washington said. "He knows he needs to get going. This will be a chance to get him some at-bats."

Murphy had it going against the Angels over the weekend, going 5-for-12 with a double and two runs. His seventh-inning double against Angels pitcher Jered Weaver on Sunday sparked the Rangers four-run rally.

"Very encouraging," Murphy said. "It's pretty easy to say that was the best weekend of my season. But consistency is the key. I found my swing. I don't know if it was any one key or things just came together. I've been trying to figure things out in the cage and batting practice, but the easiest thing is, things finally came together."

The Rangers are still short offensively on the right-handed side. They are still hoping to get Adrian Beltre back off the disabled list on Thursday. He was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on medical rehab assignment for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and will likely play two more games there before being activated.

The Rangers' best right-handed bat at Triple-A is Chad Tracy, who is hitting .253 with 23 home runs and 103 RBIs. But he is only hitting .217 with a .441 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching and that may have worked against him when the Rangers looked for a replacement for Cruz.