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Donnie Murphy Still Ailing, Might Have X-Rays

   PHILADELPHIA -- Gorgeous day here at Citizens Bank Park. A tad nippy, but the sun is out. Baseball will be played.

   Some disappointing news for the Marlins and Donnie Murphy. The third baseman, who fouled a ball off his left knee on Friday, said the injury hasn't improved any and that he might have X-rays, perhaps today.

   "I think they're going to X-ray it as a precaution, just to make sure there's no hairline fracture" said Murphy, who isn't in the lineup and wasn't sure whether he'd even be available to pinch-hit.

   Murphy said he tried hitting off a tee when he arrived at the ballpark Sunday morning, but the pain was noticeable.

   "Honestly, every swing it just hurt," he said. "On every swing it felt worse."

   Murphy said the bruise is on the tip of his kneecap. The same knee has given him trouble in the past.

   "I've had three partial tears and a bone bruise there before," he said. "I think the thing that is the worst part is I've hurt that knee before, so any little contact effects it more."

   With left-hander Cole Hamels on the mound for the Phillies this afternoon, Wes Helms gets the start at third.

   LINEUPS:

   Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Mike Stanton, rf; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Logan Morrison, lf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Wes Helms, 3b; 9. Anibal Sanchez, rhp.

   Phillies: 1. Shane Victorino, cf; 2. Placido Polanco, 3b; 3. Jimmy Rollins, ss; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Ben Francisco, rf; 6. Raul Ibanez, lf; 7. Carlos Ruiz, c; 8. Wilson Valdez, 2b; 9. Cole Hamels, lhp.

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Jim

I've said this before I don't understand why a guy like Murphy who has worked so hard for so many years to get this shot doesn't wear protective gear especially to in areas he's had a history of injur(ies) before. OMG, three partial tears and a bone bruise and the lightbulb doesn't go on, "gee maybe I ought to be a little careful..."? If I remember he didn't even wear batter's gloves when he came up.

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