ARLINGTON -- Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson was back in the lineup Friday after being hit on the knee by a pitch and leaving the game the day before.
"There's still some swelling but it's in a unique spot, it's in a spot that's not restricting anything," Granderson said. "They checked it and said if it was a little higher or a little lower, I might have had more complications. But I guess I got hit in the best place I could."
Granderson leads all Mets regulars this spring with a .435 batting average and a 1.252 OPS entering Friday's game against the Rangers.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy (hamstring) went 3-for-4 in a Minor League intrasquad game Friday and is expected to be in Washington, D.C. and in the lineup for the Mets' opener against the Nationals, manager Terry Collins said Friday.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.