Rangers staying the course with Murphy

Rangers staying the course with Murphy

BALTIMORE -- David Murphy is struggling at the plate and spending more time than expected on the bench but the Rangers have no plans to send him to Triple-A Oklahoma.

General manager Jon Daniels made it clear that's not in the Rangers immediate plans even though Murphy was 0-for-20 on the season going into Friday's game against the Orioles.

"We're not going to knee-jerk and send down a player that we believe just two weeks into the season," Daniels said. "That's not something that we discussed."

The Rangers instead were encouraged that Murphy was able to draw a couple of walks in three plate appearances during Thursday's 5-2 loss with the Blue Jays. To them, that represented progress.

"Very much so," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He didn't force the issues. He saw some pitches. That was a big positive for Murphy."

Rookie catcher Taylor Teagarden had the reverse. He was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and is now 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts in five games while backing up Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

But, like Murphy, the Rangers have no plans of making a change and sending Teagarden back to Triple A to play regularly.

"We believe in these guys," Daniels said. "Obviously we need more consistent at-bats, not just from them but from everybody."

Murphy was back on the bench on Friday night and has started just six of the Rangers first 16 games. Marlon Byrd, who is hitting .341, was back in left field. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.