Friday, September 20, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner, Wright, Parnell, Wheeler, Quintanilla/Tovar Platoon


Mets News and Notes:

  • Mets injured infielder Justin Turner has not appeared in a game since Sept. 10 because of a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
  • When Turner returns is the Question?
  • Turner said that's in the hands of the trainers at this point, but returning this weekend in Philadelphia is not out of the question. He did full baseball activities pregame Thursday, although he only ran at what he estimated was 75 or 80 percent.
  • Terry Collins said before Thursday's 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants that it was likely Wright will be in the lineup in Philadelphia for the series opener.
  • Wright has not appeared in a major league game since suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain on Aug. 2.
  • David Wright told ESPNNewYork.com he will wait until Friday to confer with Terry Collins and team trainers and get the go-ahead to play in the series opener at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Bobby Parnell has complete faith he will be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck in California. After all, the surgeon who performed his Sept. 10 procedure also performed a comparable operation on Peyton Manning.
  • "The chances are pretty good. I don't know the numbers or anything, but everyone has assured me that I will [be ready for spring training]," Parnell said Thursday, while saying goodbye to his teammates following a 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field to end the homestand. "All the discomfort that I had from the pinched nerve is gone, basically. It's just soreness from the surgery now. I feel very confident that everything is going to get back to normal. ... 
  • Zach Wheeler currently sits at 168 2/3 innings this season between the majors and minors. Team officials do not want him to exceed 180 innings. Terry Collins said Wheeler likely would be shut down after Monday's start if he logs seven or eight innings against the Reds. If he has a shorter outing, he should be able to start the regular-season finale as well, against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 29.
  • Terry Collins expects a shortstop platoon the remainder of the season between the lefty-hitting Omar Quintanilla and the righty-hitting Wilfredo Tovar, who is due to join the Mets on Friday in Philly. Having lost Ruben Tejada for the season due to a broken leg, the Mets promoted Tovar from Binghamton. Binghamton's season ended Sept. 6, so Tovar presumably has been idle in his native Venezuela. Tovar, 22, hit .263 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 441 at-bats in AA Binghamton.
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