June 24, 2024

So sad: braves catcher Sean Murphy terminated his contract today.

Due to a strained left oblique muscle, the Atlanta Braves placed All-Star catcher Sean Murphy on the 10-day injured list on Saturday.

On Opening Day, Murphy, 29, was hurt after he struck out and failed to swing at a pitch from Philadelphia reliever Matt Strahm in the seventh inning of the Braves’ 9-3 victory over the visiting Phillies.

“After the game on Friday, we’ll have him examined (on Saturday) and see what the pictures reveal,” Braves manager Brian Snitker stated. “I feel terrible for him. It was just one of those odd things that happens in baseball, but he had a really fantastic finale to his spring and was feeling pretty good.”

Murphy, who was an All-Star in 2023 during his rookie season with the Braves, batted.251 with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs in the previous campaign. On Friday, he was 0 for 3 with one strikeout. Murphy was traded to Atlanta in December 2022 after playing for the Oakland Athletics for four seasons (2019–2022). With 1,472 at-bats over 439 games, 67 home runs, and 215 RBIs, he has a lifetime batting average of.239.

In tandem, Atlanta promoted 29-year-old catcher Chadwick Tromp from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Murphy’s roster position and provide backup for 2022 All-Star Travis d’Arnau.

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