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Rockies manager Bud Black recently spoke to Henry exclusively about his return from the injury and why he thinks it took Murphy a bit less time to recover.
"“I knew that immediately that his confidence is in such a place that he felt he was going to come back sooner than the doctors and everybody recommends for injuries like that,” said Black. “That told me right away that this man is a player. He has a great deal of self-assurance and confidence. ‘I’m going to heal faster than normal and than others.’ “He was very diligent on staying the course and keeping the splint on as was told and with all of the other recommended therapies. When he is instructed to do something, he is very disciplined. That’s what stood out to me. He’s a very disciplined guy. His focus is always in the right spot. He doesn’t vary from the right thing to do. Whether it’s in practice or in the dugout or in the clubhouse, he’s always doing the right thing.”"
After a bit of struggling after his return, he has really picked it up in the past few weeks.
Since the injury, he is hitting .282/.338/.464 with seven home runs and 44 RBI in 61 games (49 starts). Since May 21, though, he is hitting .322/.368/.503 with 5 homers and 30 RBI along with 48 hits, including 10 doubles.
Currently, his bWAR is still at -0.3 and his OPS+ is at 86 but with the numbers that he has had in the past six weeks or so, it seems like Murphy is heating up and providing the Rockies with another piece in their offense.
Overall, the Rockies offseason was rather quiet but with the signing of depth and Murphy’s recent resurgence, it wasn’t necessarily a bad one.