Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy didn’t experience any issues during his first on-field batting practice of the spring on Saturday.

Working his way back from offseason knee surgery, Murphy had only progressed as far as hitting in the batting cages.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen overhand pitching, so you want to reinforce that I can take it and there’s not going to be any discomfort — which there wasn’t, so that was, I think first and foremost, that was a really positive sign,” Murphy said.

Saturday also marked the first time center fielder Michael A. Taylor took batting practice on the field since being scratched from Monday’s lineup with side tightness.

“Body feels good,” Taylor said. “Starting to loosen up a little bit. Feel like I’m in a good spot.”

“I was talking with Bron. He sets a really great example for how to take care of yourself. I think physically we’re OK; I think mentally it’s easy to get tired right now,” Korver said. “It’s been a grind of a year. We’ve got to find ways to stay fresh. You’ve got to find ways to fill your cup. We’re all different, and we all have to find our own way to do that.”

Korver, like James, did not want to label the Cavs at the moment.

“It’s hard to gauge because we just have so many guys out,” Korver said. “We’re so low on big men right now. So when we’re small, they’re just kind of switching everything on us and we’re not able to — there’s not a lot of movement out there for us. That’s what makes basketball fun is when the ball is moving, bodies are moving and hopping.

Every game is important right now for the Kings, who have won five of seven and eight of 12 despite being embarrassed 7-2 in a loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at the Staples Center. Los Angeles is 1-0-1 against the Coyotes this season, losing 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 24 but beating them 6-0 on Feb. 3. The teams play against March 29 in Los Angeles.

“It was a good bounce-back game for us, and two points we really needed,” Toffoli said of the win over Vancouver. “It was huge. We focused on tonight (Monday) and now we’ve got to start worrying about tomorrow (Tuesday), and we’ll do that.”

Kings center Jeff Carter has four goals and two assists in eight Cheap Epl Jerseys Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys games since a Feb. 24 return from a 55-game layoff with an injured tendon in his leg. Carter has seven goals and 11 assists in 29 career games against Arizona.