ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 7: Donnie Murphy #16 of the Texas Rangers is assisted by Rangers medical staff, manager Ron Washington #38 and Bengie Molina #4 after tripping on a run to first base against the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers have had more than their fair share of injuries this season, and now there is another one to deal with in the form of second baseman Donnie Murphy.
The extent of the injury isn't yet known, but Murphy stumbled over the foot of Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau while trying to beat out a groundout and took a tumble. The play resulted in Murphy leaving the game with what was deemed a strained neck.
"I just landed weird on my shoulder and neck," Murphy said via ESPN Dallas. "It's just stiff and sore right now. It felt like a whiplash, like I got hit."
Murphy is only a starter because of the injury suffered by Jurickson Profar in spring training. It's bad enough when your starters get hurt, but it might worse when your depth starts suffering injuries.
This could be an opportunity for one of the Rangers' top prospects, Rougned Odor, to get a shot in the majors. Odor has been on a tear for Double-A Frisco lately and would possibly provide a spark to a lackluster offense. But it's more likely the Rangers turn to Luis Sardinas again, who was called up for a short stint earlier in the year and is already on the 40-man roster.
Or Murphy could be just fine. We'll just have to wait and see.