Murphy out of lineup for first time in September

Murphy out of lineup for first time in September

ARLINGTON -- David Murphy, who has one hit in 12 at-bats on the homestand, was out of the Rangers' lineup on Thursday, the first time that's happened in September.

Murphy, who has played in a career-high 141 games, has looked a little sluggish, manager Ron Washington said. So the manager had been looking to get him a day off, and a day game after a night game with left-handed starter Travis Blackley going made for perfect timing.

I'm definitely disappointed," Murphy said, "But I can take it right, get a little rest and make sure I'm full strength for the rest of the week. It's late in the season. Everybody's worn down. This is the most games and most starts I've ever made."

Murphy started out the month red hot with seven hits in his first 11 at-bats, and he's batting .281 in September. But he's hitting .243 in his last 20 games.

"It's late in the season," Murphy said. "I need to slow it down a little."