Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy hasn't played a single inning this entire 2018 season, but on Tuesday the team announced they've activated the All-Star second baseman from the disabled list.
The Nationals optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Murphy.
Nationals announce they’ve activated Daniel Murphy.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) June 12, 2018
The 33-year-old had microfracture surgery on his knee this offseason, thus leading to him missing the start of the season and getting in the necessary shape to come back. It's great that he's back, and it wasn't that long ago when it wasn't looking good for Murphy.
In 144 games last season, Murphy slashed .322/.384/.543 with 69 extra-base hits (23 home runs) and 93 RBI, leading to his third All-Star selection.
If this is the guy that returns to the Nationals lineup, this team could be on the verge of taking off and becoming the favorites in the National League. However, microfracture surgery is no joke and it's hard to come back from, so it remains to be seen what version of Murphy the Nats will be getting.