Showing posts with label Justin Turner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Justin Turner. Show all posts

Monday, December 02, 2013

Mets News: Mets Non-Tender Five Players, Roster Down to 35

Mets News:

The Mets completed their non-tender activity by cutting  Justin Turner, Jeremy Hefner, Scott Atchison, Jordany Valdespin and Omar Quintanilla.

That brings to five the total number of players who became free agents. The Mets are free to re-sign the players, but they also can sign elsewhere.

Hefner was due to miss the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Mets save his salary. But they would have controlled Hefner in 2015 and beyond if they kept him on the payroll.

Happy Holidays to Justin Turner who just completed a Holiday video that also included Lucas Duda (below). No one is safe on the Mets!

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 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.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mets News: Wright running the bases, Turner has small strain in hammy

Mets News:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, David Wright ran the bases on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since he suffered a strained hamstring.

Terry Collins said Wright would repeat that activity Thursday before further ramping up the running this weekend.

Wright could be in a major league game by the middle of next week.

Justin Turner , who left Tuesday's game experiencing what was described as tightness. Has a small strain in his right hamstring, an MRI revealed, according to Terry Collins. The estimate is Turner will miss a couple of days.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mets News: Justin Turner has Charley Horse in shoulder/leg after collision with Andrew Brown

Mets News:

Justin Turner appeared to get the worst of his first-inning collision with left fielder Andrew Brown pursuing Denard Span's fly ball in shallow left field in Game 2 on Friday.

Turner held onto the baseball and initially stayed in the game. Terry Collins replaced him at shortstop with Omar Quintanilla in the seventh.

"I'm not sure what hit what, but I'm guessing his forearm got me in the side of the head," Turner said. "I think his chin went into my shoulder. And then we went knee to knee, too. I think his knee went into my left knee. I think that's what hit what and where."

Turner insisted head-wise "everything is fine" -- signaling no concussion.

"It's almost like a charley horse in my shoulder and a charley horse in my leg," he said. "It just gradually kept getting tighter and tighter. In a tie ballgame going later in the game, to keep being more limited, I talked to Terry and he just wanted to get Omar in there, especially for defensive purposes."

As for who called the pop-up, Turner was not sure of the precise sequence.

"It went up, and I put my head down and started going," he said. "And I was listening for him the whole time. And all I could hear was fans screaming. Right before I caught it I called it, I think, one time. I guess he called it once or twice. I don't know. A couple of times, maybe. But it must have been at the same time. I didn't hear him. I'm just glad I hung onto it."

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Malholm out - Wood In, Turner up - Burke Down, d'Arnaud to play minor league games, Lagares NL Player of the Week

Mets News and Notes:
NL Player of the Week

Atlanta Braves LHP Paul Maholm has been placed on the disabled list with a bruised left wrist and will not face the Mets on Thursday. Rookie southpaw Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45 ERA) instead will start the finale to the four-game series.

Reliever Greg Burke has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for Justin Turner's activation from the disabled list.

Burke was selected for the demotion over rookie Gonzalez Germen, who has allowed only one hit and three walks while striking out six in 3 2/3 innings spanning four appearances. Germen twice has inherited bases-loaded situations and wriggled free.

Burke had allowed a combined six runs over his past two appearances.

Travis d'Arnaud has been cleared to begin playing in minor league games later this week, a team source told

D'Arnaud received the go-ahead during a Monday exam in New York. He will run the bases Tuesday and Wednesday, then is scheduled to play in his first minor league game Thursday since suffering a broken left foot.

D'Arnaud, the organization's top catching prospect, suffered a fractured first metatarsal while catching with Triple-A Las Vegas on April 17.

He initially is expected to play in minor league games in Port St. Lucie before returning to the Pacific Coast League. D'Arnaud is projected to be a September call-up.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/19: Justin Turner goes 1 for 3 in Brooklyn rehab game

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/19:

AA - NEW BRITAIN 8, BINGHAMTON 7: Binghamton couldn't complete the comeback on Friday night. New Britain broke open a 3-3 game in the fourth with five runs. Allan Dykstra and Rhyne Hughes each hit homers. Starter Darin Gorski lasted just 2/3 innings. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 3, BREVARD COUNTY 1: St. Lucie scored single runs in the first, seventh and eighth. Starter Alex Panteliodis pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven while giving up just four hits to pick up the win (5-3). Box

A - SAVANNAH VS. WEST VIRGINIA: Postponed due to rain

RK - DANVILLE 12, KINGSPORT 5 (Game 1) ... KINGSPORT 1, DANVILLE 0 (Game 2): Kingsport split the doubleheader. Danville scored in four of the seven innings in Game 1 to win in a blowout. Starter Jean Carlos Gil gave up five runs in three innings. In the second game, Joe Tuschak had the lone RBI. Starter Persio Reyes threw six shutout innings, striking out 11. Game 1 Box; Game 2 Box

SS - MAHONING VALLEY 2, BROOKLYN 1: Mahoning Valley scored two in the seventh and Brooklyn couldn't rally. L.J. Mazzilli had Brooklyn's lone RBI on the night. Starter Robert Gsellman gave up two runs over seven innings and was tagged with the loss. Justin Turner went 1 for 3 in rehab stint.  Box

RK - GCL NATIONALS 11, GCL METS 6: The GCL Mets blew a 6-3 lead as the GCL Nationals plated five in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie. Brandon Brosher hit a three-run homer. Box 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mets News: Justin Turner not activated from DL, Rehab moved to Brooklyn

Mets News:

Infielder Justin Turner (intercostal strain) will not be activated for Friday's game and will instead continue his rehab with Class A Brooklyn, the Mets announced on twitter.

There had been speculation the Mets would activate Turner's for Friday game, but he will spend at least one more day in the minors. He has played six rehab games already, batting 6-for-20. He went 1-for-4 on Thursday for Double-A Binghamton.

With Turner staying in the minors, the Mets have just four backup position players on their roster, compared to eight relievers. When Turner comes back, which is likely this weekend, he will give the team the preferred amount of bench players.

Turner has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 17. He is batting .266 with six RBIs in 44 games.

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/18: Jordany Valdespin debuts for Vegas, Justin Turner still hitting for B-Mets, Dominic Smith goes 1 for 1 with 2 RBI's in GCL

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/18:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 3, RENO 2: Jordany Valdespin made his Las Vegas debut, starting at second base. He was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. Matt den Dekker  went 1 for 3 with a solo HR, which gave the B-Mets the lead in the seventh inning. Jacob deGrom got the win (3-1), he went 6 innings, giving up six hits, 2 runs, while striking out three. Robert Carson picked up his fifth save in relief. Demoted Shortstop Ruben Tejada went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Wilmer Flores (ankle) was placed on the DL before the game.  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 4, NEW BRITAIN 3: The B-Mets scored three runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rally for the win. Rhyne Hughes capped the furious comeback by lining a go-ahead, two-run single against Matt Hauser. Rehabbing Justin Turner started the rally by deliverying a two-out single. Josh Rodriguez followed with a walk and Allan Dykstra blooped an RBI single to left. After Wilfredo Tovar pinch-ran for Dykstra, Cesar Puello walked to load the bases. Hughes then hammered Hauser’s 2-1 offering through the hole and into right field. Rodriguez scored easily. Tovar dove headfirst, ahead of the throw from Evan Bigley with the game-deciding run.

Jeff Walters then notched his league-leading 25th save. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon dealt with only one baserunner through three innings, on a fielding error by Turner at shortstop. Eddie Rosario put New Britain on the board with a solo homer on Cohoon’s first pitch of the fourth. New Britain pounded out three more hits in the inning, but the B-Mets defense shined to prevent the Rock Cats from adding to their lead. Bigley was thrown out at home by Alonzo Harris when he tried to score on Josmil Pinto’s single. Darrell Ceciliani followed by making a diving catch in the left-field corner, robbing Miguel Sano of an extra-base hit. Binghamton capped the inning by nabbing Pinto at the plate after Nate Hanson laced a double to the right-field alley. Ex-big leaguer Nick Blackburn kept the B-Mets in check through five scoreless innings. In the sixth, Ceciliani started a rally with a double. He advanced on a sac bunt and tied the score at 1 on Danny Muno’s sac fly. Cohoon preserved the tie by posting zeroes from the fifth through seventh innings. The Rock Cats broke the tie in the eighth against Cohoon on Rosario's RBI single. Chasen Bradford took over for Cohoon and allowed one inherited runner to score. Bradford (1-1) earned his first Double-A victory thanks to Binghamton’s comeback. Box

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/17: Justin Turner goes 2 for 5 in Binghamton Loss, Kyle Johnson drives in three for St.Lucie, L.J. Mazzilli has 3 hit night, Dominic Smith hits solo homer for GCL Mets

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/17:

AA - RICHMOND 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Justin Turner went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and run scored and participated in Binghamton's first triple play in six years, but the B-Mets (59-36) dropped the rubber match. The Squirrels scored three runs without a hit to break a sixth-inning tie. Jim Fuller walked the first three batters, then hit a batter as Richmond took a 4-3 lead. Adam Kolarek entered with the bases still loaded and recorded consecutive fielder’s choices as a run scored each time. Fuller (2-1) suffered his first Double-A loss. B-Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, in his first appearance since the Futures Game, allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings while striking out five. He surrendered two homers during a 98-pitch effort. Ryan Lollis opened the game with a solo homer against Syndergaard. In the bottom half, Binghamton plated a run on Rhyne Hughes' RBI single. The Flying Squirrels answered with another run against Syndergaard in the second, on opposing pitcher Craig Westcott's RBI single.

The B-Mets' Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 11 games and plated Xorge Carrillo with a single to make it 2-2 in the second. Syndergaard again got into trouble in the third. But Mark Minicozzi lined out to shortstop Wilfredo Tovar. The two baserunners were attempting to steal on the play. It became a 6-4-4 triple play. In the bottom half, Cesar Puello led off with an opposite-field homer to give the B-Mets a 3-2 lead. Richmond came back with its second long ball of the day against Syndergaard. Adam Duvall blasted a fifth-inning shot to tie the score at 3. After Richmond took the 6-3 lead, Puello's sacrifice fly and another Hughes RBI single cut the deficit to one run, but the B-Mets stranded the tying run at second base. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez was ejected in the seventh by first base umpire Brian de Brauwere. Box

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/16: Justin Turner goes 1 for 3 in Binghamton Loss

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/16:

AA - RICHMOND 9, BINGHAMTON 3: Angel Cuan allowed three runs in six innings in his Double-A debut as the B-Mets had a four-game winning streak snapped. Justin Turner started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored in his second rehab game with the B-Mets (59-35). Javier Herrera opened the game with a double against Cuan and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Mark Minicozzi. Richmond added to that lead in the third inning when Minicozzi produced an RBI single. Andrew Susac added an RBI double. On the play, Minicozzi was thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning, but Richmond took a 3-0 lead into the fourth. Facing Richmond starter Chris Gloor, Cesar Puello smoked an RBI single down the left-field line in the fourth to plate Turner. The B-Mets would later load the bases in the inning, but couldn’t push any more runs across. Cuan settled in and finished his outing with three consecutive scoreless innings. The lefty departed after six innings, trailing 3-1. Reliever Chase Huchingson allowed the Squirrels to bat around in the seventh. After a bunt single, Huchingson walked Gloor to put runners on first and second. He retired the next two batters before Minicozzi reached on second baseman Danny Muno's error. That set the stage for a grand slam by Angel Villalona, which gave Richmond a 7-1 advantage. The B-Mets began a comeback effort in the bottom half, when Blake Forsythe hit a two-run homer. But that was the final hit they produced. Cuan (0-1) suffered the loss in his Double-A debut. Box


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/15: Logan Verrett wins his 9th for Binghamton, Justin Turner goes 2 for 3

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/15:

AA - BINGHAMTON 7, RICHMOND 3: Logan Verrett fired eight strong innings and earned his league-leading ninth win. Binghamton is 25 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 3, 2000. Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored in his first rehab game in Double-A. Verrett struck out nine in his first win in exactly a month. For the sixth straight game, the B-Mets (59-34) scored in the first inning. Against Richmond starter Taylor Rogers, Allan Dykstra blasted a two-run homer. It was Dykstra’s team-leading 16th long ball. Richmond's Jarrett Parker answered with a homer in the second against Verrett, but Binghamton plated four runs in the bottom half. Alonzo Harris had an infield single. Darrell Ceciliani followed with a single. And Turner poked a groundball into right field to make it 3-1. Josh Rodriguez followed with a two-run double. Before the inning's end, second baseman Michael Minicozzi booted a routine groundball, allowing Rodriguez to score Binghamton’s sixth run. After surrendering a leadoff single in the fifth, Verrett retired 11 straight batters. In the eighth, Verrett retired the first two batters, but then gave up a single, walk and a two-run double to Joe Panik to make it a 7-3 game. Chasen Bradford induced three straight groundballs in the ninth to secure the victory. Rodriguez and Ceciliani extended their hitting streaks to 10 games. Verrett has thrown at least eight innings three times this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 2: In the resumption of a suspended game, St. Lucie scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win. Yucary De La Cruz had a game-tying RBI double and Kyle Johnson contributed a game-ending sacrifice fly. Rainy Lara allowed two runs in four innings and earned the win. In Game 2, Domingo Tapia departed after 1 2/3 innings due to ineffectiveness. He allowed three hits and four walks. Tim Byrdak tossed a scoreless relief inning. T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 and Johnson scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

In the resumption of a suspended game, Aneury Tavarez tripled up the left-center gap with one out in the ninth against Jake Kuebler to drive home David Chester with the go-ahead run. In Game 2, the Gnats overcame a 3-1 deficit with a three-run sixth. Jorge Rivero picked up the Gnats’ first hit of the game, leading off the inning with a single. After Brandon Nimmo reached on an error, Maikis De La Cruz singled home Rivero. Nimmo scored on a wild pitch to even the score. DH Eudy Pina brought home De La Cruz with a sacrifice fly. The Gnats added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, while the Drive got a run back in their half of the eighth for the final margin. Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings. He struck out six and earned his fifth win. Box 1, Box 2

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mets News: Justin Turner moving to Double-A Binghamton for rehab assignment

Mets News:

Justin Turner, whose rehab assignment from an intercostal muscle strain on his left side began in Port St. Lucie, has moved to Double-A Binghamton.

Turner is expected to be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday's second-half opener. He presumably would displace extra reliever Gonzalez Germen.

Justin Turner's Career Stats:
2009 24 BAL 18 2 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 3 .167
2010 25 TOT 17 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .059
2010 25 BAL 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000
2010 25 NYM 8 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .125
2011 26 NYM 435 49 113 30 0 4 51 7 2 39 59 .260
2012 27 NYM 171 20 46 13 1 2 19 1 1 9 24 .269
2013 28 NYM 94 3 25 6 0 0 6 0 0 6 14 .266
5 Yrs 735 75 188 50 1 6 79 8 3 59 103 .256
162 Game Avg. 431 44 110 29 1 4 46 5 2 35 60 .256
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Generated 7/15/2013.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/13: Mejia throws five scoreless innings, Turner in rehab action

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/13:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 6, TUCSON 2: Wilmer Flores left the game after one inning with an ankle injury. Giancarlo Alvarado allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings after departing his previous start in the second inning with a hamstring injury. The Triple-A All-Star break will take place from Sunday through Wednesday. Flores had been due to represent the Mets in the game. Box

Jenrry Mejia threw five scoreless innings in his first Double-A outing as part of a rehab assignment and combined with newly promoted Hamilton Bennett on a four-hit shutout in Game 2. Mejia allowed three hits and two walks while striking out one. Travis Taijeron delivered a broken-bat, two-run single as Binghamton took a 3-0 lead in the first. The final three runs scored in the fourth. After Taijeron's leadoff double, Richard Lucas lined an RBI double. Darrell Ceciliani added a two-run homer. Mejia departed with his pitch count at 83. Bennett threw a perfect sixth, then worked around two baserunners in the seventh. In Game 1, the B-Mets scored five runs in the first inning and were backed by a strong pitching performance by Darin Gorski. Wilfredo Tovar had a three-run double. Gorski tossed a season-high six innings and earned his third Double-A win of the season. Jeff Walters recorded his league-leading 24th save. Box 1, Box 2

A+ - DUNEDIN at ST. LUCIE (ppd.)

A - SAVANNAH 1, GREENVILLE 1 (suspended): After three weather-related delays, the water
won when the game was suspended because of unplayable field conditions with the score tied at 1 after five innings. The game will resume Sunday at noon with the Drive batting in the top of the sixth. Sunday’s regularly scheduled game will follow and will be nine innings. The Drive scored the game’s opening run in the second. With one out, Aneury Tavarez bounced a single down the right-field line against Steven Matz. After two walks loaded the bases, Dreily Guerrero lifted a sacrifice fly. The Gnats evened the score in the fourth. Luis Diaz retired the first 11 batters of the game. The Gnats’ next hitter, Maikis De La Cruz, reached on an error. He stole second and scored on Stefan Sabol’s line-drive single into center field. Matz struck out eight and allowed two hits in five innings. Box

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mets Injury Report 7/11: Turner, Duda, Francisco, d'Arnaud, Byrdak, Feliciano, Atchison

Mets Injury Report:

Justin Turner (intercostal muscle strain) has started hitting off a tee and soft-tossing.

Lucas Duda (intercostal muscle strain) has started outdoors activities, but is not yet swinging a bat.

Frank Francisco (elbow) continues to have a nebulous issue in which doctors cannot detect any structural damage. "You're guess is as good as mine," Collins said about when Francisco might return to the Mets.

Travis d'Arnaud (broken foot) is not yet running full throttle. D'Arnaud has experienced some "discomfort" since beginning running on regular ground, but the Mets believe that is normal and not an indication of a setback.

Tim Byrdak, who is returning from shoulder surgery, has yet to throw back-to-back days with Class A St. Lucie. Collins said Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano both have the same issue: They do not sustain their velocity over multiple starts, which they will need to demonstrate before being a consideration for the major league club.

Scott Atchison will be activated from the disabled list and join the Mets when the team resumes play after the All-Star break next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

Atchison landed on the DL with a groin injury, which he suffered while throwing warm-up pitches in Atlanta on June 18. He had missed the previous month with an elbow bone-spur issue that was causing tingling and numbness in his fingers.

Atchison has made two rehab appearances in the past week with the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mets News: Injury Updates for Turner, Duda, Tejada, d'Arnaud, den Dekker

Mets News:

Here are updates of injured/rehabbing Mets:

Justin Turner (left intercostal strain) is playing catch but not yet swinging a bat, signaling he is at least a couple of weeks away from returning.

Lucas Duda (left intercostal strain) is still limited to getting treatment.

Ruben Tejada (right quadriceps strain) played seven innings in a Gulf Coast League game Saturday. After playing nine innings, he may be ready to move to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Travis d'Arnaud (broken left foot) had some discomfort while running on flat ground, but that is to be expected during his rehab, according to Mets personnel.

Matt den Dekker (fractured right wrist) has regularly been playing in Class A St. Lucie games. He's still gaining wrist strength after having it immobilized for so long, will be reporting to play for Las Vegas Monday..

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.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Feliciano still throwing, Young not signed, Turner in the lineup

Mets News and Notes:

Pedro Feliciano, who agreed to remain with the organization when the Mets passed on placing him on the Opening Day roster, will not appear in a minor league game anytime soon.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Feliciano will continue to work at the team's Port St. Lucie complex to build shoulder strength. Feliciano threw an inning in a simulated game Tuesday, as did Frank Francisco.

Before the Mets broke camp, Feliciano said he expected to pitch for Class A St. Lucie. But that is now not expected in the near future.

Despite the Mets losing Johan Santana for the season and Shaun Marcum getting examined today for a pain in his neck and shoulder, the Mets continue to refrain from pursuing Chris Young.

Young opted out with the Washington Nationals at the end of spring training after producing a 2.25 ERA in 16 Grapefruit League innings.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mets News: Justin Turner avoids DL, Lutz to AAA

Mets infielder Justin Turner (strained left calf) was deemed ready to open the season with the club. Turner being on the roster resulted in Zach Lutz getting dispatched to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Turner strained his calf Wednesday, putting his status for the season opener in question. Prior to that injury, Turner had been working his way back from a sprained right ankle. The utility infielder batted .269 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 94 games last year.

Lutz, 26, played in seven games last season. The Mets selected him in the fifth round in 2007.

Mets News and Notes: Mets Outfield Set, Rice, Mets Opening Day Lineup, Turner, Wheeler

Mets News and Notes:

Collins said he will use a regular outfield of Lucas Duda in left field, Collin Cowgill in center field and Marlon Byrd in right field, while trying to find opportunities off the bench for Jordany Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter.

Nieuwenhuis likely will be a late-game defensive replacement for Duda.

"One of the things we've got to make sure we do, that's cover ourselves defensively," Collins said. "Be it center field, be it late for Lucas, or whatever it might be, he's the best outfielder we've got, in my opinion. Defensively he can really play center field. So we thought we could take him. Hopefully if he starts swinging, like he did last year, I'm sure he's going to get a lot of playing time. But he does give us a lot of security."

In his 15th professional season, 31-year-old Scott Rice is poised to make his major league debut during the upcoming week.

Rice, who played independent ball in 2008 with the Long Island Ducks and the following year with the Newark Bears, beat out Robert Carson to serve as a second lefty, alongside Josh Edgin, in the bullpen.

Collins said it was a no-brainer to put Rice on the roster -- even though it required making 40-man roster room -- because the southpaw is a “groundball machine.”

Mets Opening Day Lineup:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mets News: Justin Turner could start the season on DL

Justin Turner was forced from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros with a left calf strain.

Turner only recently had returned from a sprained right ankle.

Given Opening Day is five days away, it's entirely conceivable Turner opens the season on the DL and both Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Omar Quintanilla make the Opening Day roster.

"It just cramped up," Turner said. "The top of the second inning -- I don't remember who was hitting -- he hit a groundball down the third-base line and it was foul. When I took my first step, I kind of felt it knot up a little bit. I came up to hit in the next inning. And I hit the groundball and I was going down the line and it just cramped up on me. I got out of there and got some treatment on it, and we'll see how it feels tomorrow.

"You know, I think it was a little tight from maybe compensating a little bit for my ankle. I don't know 100 percent. I would bet that has a little bit to do with it. It's not really sore to walk around or stretch or anything. It's more sore to touch. Like I said, when I pushed off is when I felt it. Hopefully I'll just get in and get all the treatment I need and take whatever pills they have and get this thing calmed down in a day or two."
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