Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mets News and Notes: OF Matt den Dekker returns to game action, Travis d'Arnaud starts to run, Justin Turner going to DL?


Mets News and Notes:


Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist during a March 24 Grapefruit League game, has returned to game action.

Den Dekker is making his first appearance with Class A St. Lucie, leading off and playing center field,  Monday night.

A week after being cleared to remove his protective boot, catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud was given the go-ahead Monday to begin a "running progression program."

D'Arnaud suffered a broken first metatarsal in his left foot while playing with Triple-A Las Vegas on April 17.

Terry Collins expects Justin Turner to land on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

Turner stayed behind in New York when the Mets left for Atlanta on Sunday night. He underwent an MRI on Monday morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Collins said Turner had been bothered by the injury for a few days.

With the Mets allowed to carry 26 players on Tuesday for the doubleheader, Collins expected the Mets would place Turner on the DL, activate Zack Wheeler and Scott Atchison from the DL, and play a bench player down for the day.

Atchison has been on the DL since feeling numbness in the fingers on his pitching hand during a May 13 appearance at St. Louis. He pitched on back-to-back days with Double-A Binghamton to complete a rehab assignment.

Collins said Jordany Valdespin would serve as Omar Quintanilla's backup at shortstop.
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