June 9, 2013

On Baseball: Time will tell if Sox have something on Ball

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Murphy, 31, who makes $5.7 million, will be a free agent next year. Murphy and his wife are Texans. They and their three children live in Dallas. It looks like he would re-sign with the Rangers -- maybe.

"Texas will be ideal. It's home," Murphy said. "If the Rangers want me and my best opportunity is to go back there, I would love for that to happen."

ALEX HASSAN would love to be like Murphy, going from the Hadlock outfield to the majors. But Hassan has to get healthy.

Hassan batted .291 for the Sea Dogs in 2011 with a .404 on-base percentage. He struggled with injuries in Pawtucket last year, batting .256 in 94 games.

Still, Boston put Hassan on the 40-man roster and invited him to major league spring training. But before Hassan got there, he suffered a stress fracture in his foot. When he healed, Hassan rushed to get back and suffered a severe right calf strain.

Hassan is finally playing baseball again, assigned to low Class A Greenville last week to get his timing back. He should be in Pawtucket soon.

THE SEA DOGS are back in town Tuesday with a newly scheduled doubleheader. Their last game in Erie was rained out, so Tuesday's date with the SeaWolves is now two seven-inning games starting at 6 p.m.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

kthomas@pressherald.com

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