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Rockies' Daniel Murphy out through April with broken finger

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Alex Butler
Colorado Rockies infielder Daniel Murphy had one hit in two games before landing on the 10-day injured list Monday due to a broken finger. File Photo by Art Foxall/UPI
Colorado Rockies infielder Daniel Murphy had one hit in two games before landing on the 10-day injured list Monday due to a broken finger. File Photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

April 2 (UPI) -- Colorado Rockies infielder Daniel Murphy will miss at least one month due to a broken index finger.

Rockies manager Bud Black announced the news Tuesday on MLB Network Radio, saying Murphy is dealing with a left index finger avulsion fracture. It is not known at this time if Murphy needs surgery on the finger.

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Murphy sustained the injury when he jammed his hand in the dirt on a fielding play during the Rockies' 6-1 win against the Miami Marlins Friday in Miami. The three-time All-Star and former NLCS MVP is hitting .100 (1-for-10) in two appearances this season.

The 11-year veteran owns a career .299 batting average with 122 home runs. He signed with the Rockies in free agency this off-season and has a $10 million salary in 2019.

"It's gonna be at least a month," Black said. "Not sure whether there's gonna be a surgery or not. There's a couple of different courses of action that probably lead to the same timetable. So with Daniel, we're just going to have to be patient."

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Ryan McMahon and Mark Reynolds will fill in for Murphy at first base. The Rockies recalled Pat Valaika from Triple-A on Monday in a corresponding transaction, when Murphy landed on the 10-day injured list.

The Rockies face the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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