Rangers shelve David Murphy for 2-4 weeks

Texas Rangers rookie outfielder David Murphy landed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a sprained right knee.

Texas Rangers rookie outfielder David Murphy landed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a sprained right knee.

Murphy, 26, suffered the injury in a collision at home plate with catcher Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees. 

An MRI confirmed a sprained cruciate ligament in the knee, which will sideline him two to four weeks.

"Everything seems as positive as it can be," Murphy said, mindful that torn ligaments would have shelved him for much longer.

"Hopefully, in three or four days, I can tell a difference, and then be able to start running in a week or so. I'm acting like it will be two weeks because I want to get back out there as soon as possible."

Murphy also sustained a black eye as he plowed into Rodriguez's shin, which was blocking the plate as he slid.

"If I knew I was going to hurt my knee, I would have gone around him or run him over," Murphy said. "The ball arrived in enough time to where I could have let him tag me.

"It was not like I really had a chance to be safe. But in split-second situations like that, you do not really have time to decide."

Murphy is hitting .275 with 15 home runs, 74 runs batted in and 64 runs scored in 108 games this season.

He leads American League rookies in RBIs, hits (114) and doubles (28).

Murphy is considered a rookie, even though he played 66 games the previous two seasons.

He is a .286 hitter with 18 HRs, 90 RBIs and 85 runs in 174 games since he broke into the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 2, 2006.

With files from the Associated Press