Murphy Makes Early Impression

The Texas Rangers still aren't positive who's going to play second base for them for the first few months of the season as Jurickson Profar recovers from a torn muscle in his throwing shoulder.

But newly acquired Donnie Murphy stated his case in a big way in his debut in a Rangers uniform on Thursday night in an exhibition win over Quintana Roo Tigers, a Mexican League squad, at Globe Life Park.

Murphy was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday and was in the starting lineup for the Rangers at second base. Murphy had a first-inning double and scored on a Prince Fielder's towering blast. The next inning, Murphy drilled a three-run homer to left field that was initially ruled a double before review showed it had cleared the wall before coming back on to the field of play.

Rangers manager Ron Washington summed Murphy's Rangers debut up pretty succinctly.

"Good first day in a Texas Rangers uniform," Washington told reporters.

It might have earned him an Opening Day start. We'll learn the answer on Monday morning.

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