According to an announcement from the Washington Nationals today, as reported by Washington Post writer Jorge Castillo, veteran Nats’ second baseman Daniel Murphy, “... underwent surgery (debridement and microfracture) today to repair damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee.”
Murphy will reportedly begin rehabbing immediately, and, “will progress throughout the offseason.”
Murphy, 32, in his second season in D.C., put up a .322/.384/.543 line with 43 doubles and 23 home runs in 144 games and 593 plate appearances, over which he produced 136 wRC+ and was worth 4.3 fWAR.
Murphy reportedly dealt with a hip issue this season that kept him out of a few games late, but there was no mention of any problem with the knee.
He joked about his own health with reporters in a pregame press conference during the NLDS.
REPORTER: How are you feeling?
DANIEL MURPHY: What, like physically or with Jesus or --
Q. You sounded yesterday when you talked to us like you were a little under the weather.
DANIEL MURPHY: I was extremely excited Game 2 of the NLDS when Bryce [Harper] hit that homer and [Ryan Zimmerman] hit his homer. I lost my voice. I feel good, though, physically. Thanks for asking.
Murphy, though he wasn’t alone, struggled at the plate in the postseason, going 4 for 19 with a double and a home run, three walks and six Ks in five games with the Cubs.
No word yet on how, if at all, the surgery will affect Murphy’s preparation for the 2018 campaign, which is the final season of the 3-year/$37.5M deal he signed with the Nats after leaving the New York Mets via free agency before the 2016 season.