DETROIT -- The Rangers activated utility infielder Donnie Murphy off the disabled list on Friday to take Prince Fielder's spot on the active roster. Murphy has been sidelined since May 8 with stiffness in his neck and was 1-for-19 in six games on medical rehabilitation assignment.
The Rangers selected Murphy over Brad Snyder, a left-handed-hitting outfielder who is hitting .264 with 13 home runs, 35 RBIs, and a .546 slugging percentage at Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers already have five outfielders on the active roster in Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin, Alex Rios, Michael Choice and Daniel Robertson. Murphy gives the Rangers a right-handed bat with some versatility.
The Rangers are looking outside the organization but are unlikely to pursue free agent Kendrys Morales. They have scouted his workouts in Miami, but do not want to give up their first-round Draft pick by signing him before next month's First-Year Player Draft.
Despite Fielder being the latest of many injuries, manager Ron Washington said he still expects to go out there and win every night.
"It's no secret what we're going through," Washington said. "I'm not Houdini, I don't have a crystal ball. I'm just putting the best lineup out there and believing we can win. We know it's a challenge, but there's not anything we can do but just show up and play. Anything beyond that is an excuse and we don't make excuses."
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