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Mets Place Daniel Murphy On DL, Call Up Prospect Dilson Herrera

Daniel Murphy (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Daniel Murphy (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Alright kid, let’s see what you can do.

The New York Mets have put second baseman Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right calf and promoted infielder Dilson Herrera from Double-A.

The Mets made the moves Thursday night after a 6-1 loss to Atlanta.

Murphy had an MRI, and additional information was expected to be available on Friday.

“It’s frustrating,” Murphy said. “It ended up being a little worse than I thought. It’s frustrating to the other 24 guys in here. It’s always nice to stay off the DL. I have to be smart about it and try to get healthy.”

The 20-year-old Herrera was called up from Double-A Binghamton. He was hitting a combined .319 with 12 home runs and 70 RBIs at Double-A and Single-A.

The Mets acquired Herrera last year in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh. Herrera primarily has played second base.

Prior to the game, the Mets put reliever Vic Black on the 15-day disabled list because of a herniated disk in his neck and activated right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Matsuzaka was put on the 15-day DL on July 26 with elbow inflammation.

Black received a cortisone shot on Wednesday. General manager Sandy Alderson indicated it would take a while before the right-hander feels any effect from the injection.

“Vic said that he had this issue once before,” Alderson said. “I think really we’re responding not just to the diagnosis but to the treatment.”

“At some point we had to make a decision because we need another arm,” he said. “Trying to make it through to the end of the month with what we had just didn’t look realistic.”

Dice-K pitched on Thursday night and struggled mightily, allowing three runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

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