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Nationals activate Daniel Murphy from disabled list

After missing the first two-and-a-half months of the season, Daniel Murphy is returning to the Nationals’ lineup.

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The Nationals have activated second baseman Daniel Murphy from the 10-day disabled list, per a club announcement Tuesday. Murphy has missed the entirety of the 2018 season to date after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee last October.

Murphy, 33, should provide a major boost to the Nationals’ lineup. He’s hit for an incredible .334/.387/.569 slash line with 48 homers over two seasons in Washington, and his presence at the top of the lineup has in turn boosted the production of guys like Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon. While Murphy may be a slight defensive downgrade at second base from the guys the Nationals had been using up until this point, he’ll likely provide a massive upgrade at the plate. Nationals second basemen — mostly Howie Kendrick early in the season, but more recently Wilmer Difo since Kendrick suffered a season-ending injury — are slashing a solid but unspectacular .265/.307/.408 this season, and Murphy should be able to improve those numbers. He posted an .823 OPS over a 10-game rehab assignment at Double-A Harrisburg, so there shouldn’t be any significant concerns about the injury having lingering effects on his game.

To make room for Murphy on Washington’s 25-man roster, infielder Adrian Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.