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Nationals’ 2B Daniel Murphy “progressing well” in rehab assignment at Double-A...

Daniel Murphy drove in six runs with a three-run double and a three-run home run in his second rehab game last night with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.

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BALTIMORE, MD: In his second rehab start with the Harrisburg Senators, after going 1 for 4 in his 2018 debut, Washington Nationals’ second baseman Daniel Murphy went 2 for 4 with a three-run double and a three-run homer. That’s six RBIs. Not bad. Not bad.

“He should have been player of the game,” Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez joked when he spoke with reporters in advance of this afternoon’s series opener in Oriole Park.

“Goody didn’t do so bad either, 2 for 3, two runs scored.”

“Goody” is, of course, Brian Goodwin, who’s rehabbing an injured wrist alongside Murphy with the Nats’ Double-A affiliate.

Goodwin drew a walk and scored two runs as well, which left him 2 for 7 in his first two games with the Senators.

The report on Goodwin, who has been out of the Nationals’ lineup since mid-April?

“Good,” Martinez told reporters. “Like I said, he went 2 for 3, his wrist is feeling pretty good, so it’s just a matter now of getting at bats and seeing where we’re at. When you miss this much time, you’ve really got to start Spring Training all over again, just because you don’t want something else to happen.”

The plan for Murphy, who is working his way back from offseason knee surgery? Will he play again today after starting in back-to-back games at second base?

“We’re actually waiting to see how he felt,” Martinez said. “I think he wants to play, but we’ll see. We want him to play, but actually we need to be very careful, so we’ll see how he feels today.”

Asked what will determine when Murphy’s ready, and if they’re aiming for a specific number of at bats or some other benchmark to let them know he’s set to return, Martinez said it was more about how the 33-year-old feels.

“It’s not the at bats, because he’s been hitting fine,” Martinez explained, “... it’s the running part and where we’re at with his running. The other day he went first-to-third, which is really nice, and he said he felt pretty good. We just don’t want him to feel ‘pretty good’, we want him to feel really good. So when he’s ready and feels like he can run first-to-third every day and go second-to-home every day then we’ll know he’s ready.”

And a potential timetable for Murphy? Do they have one?

“No, but he’s progressing really well,” Martinez said.

“My assumption, and I’m not on the medical staff, and he’s ready, he’s itching to come back, so, I’m hoping it will be fairly soon.”