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Murphy headed back to New York

No surprise here. Daniel Murphy left Coca-Cola Field last night on crutches and manager Ken Oberkfell said this morning he's headed back to New York, likely to get an MRI on the knee he injured last night on a brutal seventh-inning slide by Syracuse's Leonard Davis.

"He's going back to get all the testing done but obviously it didn't look good,' Oberkfell said today. "It's a really unfortunate thing for Murph, feeling better and now this happens. And you'd like to have him in the lineup today against [Stephen] Strasburg.

The Bisons are not a happy group about Davis' slide.

"I've played 11 years professionally and it's one of the dirtiest slides I've ever seen," Buffalo utility man Andy Green, who often plays in the middle infield, told me this morning. "Maybe the intent wasn't there but you have to look at the end result. I'm OK if you go in low but this was a rollblock. And when you go in above the knees and force them to hyperextend like that, there's no place for it in the game."

"It looked terrible," Oberkfell said. "Just terrible. Not much more you can say."

Davis won't be in the lineup today for the Chiefs. Bogus. They know if he was out there, he'd get a pitch in the ear in retribution. There's always the next time the teams meet  here June 29-30.

Meanwhile, Oberkfell said catcher Josh Thole had concussion testing after getting hit in the head last night with a stray backswing. Thole is out of today's lineup and will hopefully be available this weekend in Norfolk.

We're two hours from the Strasburg show. The sun is trying to peak through the clouds. Stay tuned for a live blog.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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