The Mets Daniel Murphy underwent an MRI this morning at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery and the test revealed that he has a Grade 2 Strain of the right hamstring. Murphy felt discomfort in the leg in pre-game batting practice of his Nov. 11th Arizona Fall League game. He will skip winter league ball in Puerto Rico so that he can be ready for the opening of Spring Training this February in Port St. Lucie, FL.- Bummer for Murphy that he's injured. On the other hand, I'm not sure it's the worst thing in the world for him now to take some time off to heal this injury and rest his whole body as long as he is indeed, totally healthy for spring training.
- Both Matt and I, and other around the web, posted Wednesday about Murphy experiencing discomfort in his right knee. In a totally unrelated development, right before labor day, I experienced a searing pain in my right knee. The orthopedist diagnosed some problems with the meniscus, but the MRI came back totally negative (that is, no structural damage). The physical therapists also identified inflammation in my hamstring, in the hamstring tendon near the joint line, and at the insertion at the pes anserine. Thus, the treatment has been largely directed at increasing strength and flexibility in the related muscles.
My point: the hamstring is connected to the knee.