Feeling better, Murphy pinch-hits in finale

Feeling better, Murphy pinch-hits in finale

ARLINGTON -- David Murphy, who spent Saturday night at home trying to recuperate from a ravaging stomach virus, insisted he could have played in the Rangers' 5-1 win over the Red Sox.

A day later, he followed through on his pledge, coming up with a pinch-hit single in the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Sunday. Despite the admirable effort, he was still clearly not 100 percent.

Playing it safe after Murphy came down with the 24-hour virus in the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Rangers had Murphy wait until the game began to come to the ballpark for treatment, then sent him straight back home to keep him away from the other players.

Murphy said he was so dehydrated, he was given three units of fluids.

"My stomach is back," he said. "It's my energy level that's still suffering. I definitely feel better than I did, though."

Murphy said he was at his worst for about a three-hour stretch between 3 and 6 a.m. Saturday.

"It might be a day or two before I'm completely back to normal," he said. "I tried to play through one of these things in Anaheim last year and almost threw up on the way to the plate."

Jim Reeves is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.