Daniel Murphy and Brian Goodwin both come out of first rehab game feeling good

Daniel Murphy and Brian Goodwin completed the next step in their rehab process with seven successful innings in the field and four plate appearances each. Both said the respective injuries felt good after their first minor league game action.

After the game, manager Matt LeCroy said both will once again play seven innings on Sunday and then get the game off on Monday.

Murphy, coming back from off-season knee surgery, went 1-for-4 with a single that fell in front of Altoona right-fielder Bralin Jackson. The second baseman also looked good moving laterally on ground balls as he recorded three assists on three groundballs including the start of 4-6-3 double play.

Perhaps more importantly as a sign of his recovery was his ability and willingness to go first-to-third on a single to the centerfielder.

“I checked a couple of boxes,” Murphy said. “I was able to go first to third. It was nice to get out there.”

“It was good to see Murphy go first-to-third with a slide,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “I think that’s a good piece of mind for him.“

Goodwin matched his rehabbing partner with a 1-for-4 performance at the plate as he singled on a swinging bunt. The outfielder didn’t have any chances in the field as he manned left field in front of the Ollie’s Cheap Seats.

“It’s been feeling better every day,” Goodwin said. “I’ve got to give credit to the training staff for taking care of me and bringing me back to the position where I can put some ABs together, some innings together.”

“Goody looked good,” LeCroy said. “He stole a base, tagged up and moved to third. He did a lot of good things.”

Goodwin was also happy to be back on City Island where he played during the 2012, 2013, and 2015 seasons for the Senators.

“This is probably one of the best places we have in our organization,” he said. “It’s good to be back and see some familiar faces.”

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